Battlefield B&B, Gettysburg, PA


BATTLEFIELD BED & BREAKFAST 2264 Emmitsburg Road Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 (717) 334-8804 (888) 766-3897 The combination of hands-on historical demonstrations with Bed & Breakfast hospitality and intimacy are unique to the Gettysburg area. Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn presents the features of 19th-century hospitality which are the hallmarks of Bed & Breakfast style while maintaining all those 20th-century creature comforts which have become a necessity of civilized life. At the same time, the inn's history department presents a first class program to all the guests who wish to participate. The history department at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast has been featured in programs at many of the Civil War National Parks, Colleges and Universities, and even for the U.S. Army. The daily programs are varied so that talks are not repeated for the guests during their stay. Following breakfast, when all are assembled and the weather is still temperate, guests may be introduced to Infantry, Cavalry or Artillery. The programs attempt to focus on groups of soldiers which fought about the property of Battlefield Bed & Breakfast (Gettysburg's South Cavalry Battlefield). Thus, for example, guests may see a horse and rider of the 2nd U.S. Dragoons begin training with them in Horsemanship, Pistol & Saber drills, Uniform and equipment and the brief history of the 2nd U.S. Not counting the special guest speakers, who from time to time drop in to visit and are pressed into service, the history department offers about a dozen differing talks for the guests. These range form Civil War camp life, including the games of chance of the period, to actually participating in firing the Civil War cannon in residence at the Bed & Breakfast! Finally, weather permitting, the historical program is concluded with a carriage ride about Battlefield Bed & Breakfast's 46 acres giving just a further glimpse into everyday life of the 19th century and a feeling of travel in time as well as just a trip away from home. All of this, of course, is just as much included in a stay at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast as is the abundant breakfast. The educational program at the B&B was designed to capture the interest of a vast audience form Civil War buffs to persons never exposed to history. While many B&Bs are unable to extend hospitality to families with children for a number of reasons, with 46 acres outside, spacious lounges inside and a 6000-acre National Park next door, Battlefield B&B has been able to maintain that honeymoon intimacy for couples and still provide * * SPACIOUS HOSPITALITY FOR FAMILIES * * at the same time. Many families have found a new start for their children's interest in history simply from interaction during the presentations and families utilizing home schooling have often made their visit the centerpiece of a Civil War study. SPECIAL WEEKENDS: All weekend stays include two nights lodging, full breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, private baths in all rooms, and activities related to the weekend theme. Most activities are related to the Civil War history which is the focus of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Camp Life: These presentations include a wide range of activities form Civil War camp cooking to games of chance popular with the soldiers at the time. Camp life activities will vary from week to week. Battlefield Hikes: Give yourself a chance to get out on the battlefield in the winter with a chase car billed with water bottles, snacks and warm coffee. Hike as far as you want and then get a ride home. The route will be planned by the participants to fit their needs. Dinner with the President: Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by James Getty, the nation's foremost character actor for this role) will be pleased to meet you in the receiving line prior to joining him to hear a traditional Civil War Band. Then enjoy the music of a string Quartet during a campaign or inaugural dinner in the private dining hall at the historic Dobbin House. Civil War Ball and Robert Burns Birthday Gala: Dress in 19th-century attire and join Dance Master Tom Foster and the Victorian Parlor Ensemble as he leads the accomplished and instructs the novice in the Grand March, Waltz, Rounds, Mazurka, Quadrilles, Schottishe, and other period steps. Check in on Friday for an evening tea with Scottish shortbread, orange marmalade, and a Scottish sing-along. After a theme breakfast Saturday morning and a historical demonstration, dance instruction will be offered in the afternoon to prepare you for primping for the bigger event: a special dinner in the ballroom at the Dobbin House followed by dancing and live period music from 8:30 to 11:30pm. The Battle of Gettysburg: A Civil War Seminar: Spend a fascinating weekend taking an in-depth look at the Battle of Gettysburg presented by some of the most knowledgeable experts on the subject. All discussion and presentations take place at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast. Two-night minimum stay requested. Package prices include a 2-night stay, 2 full breakfasts, and theme activities for two people sharing a room.

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