Gettysburg Pennsylvania sits on land that was purchased from the Iroquois Indians by William Penn in 1736.

In 1761, Samuel Gettys established a tavern on land that, twenty-five years later, would become the center of the town of Gettysburg. One hundred years later, the town and the lands surrounding it would become the site of the bloodiest fighting ever seen on U.S. soil. On July 1,2,and 3 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac converged on this small rural town and engaged in battles that would change the course of American History. On November 19, 1863, after traveling by train from Washington D.C., to attend the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech which would become one of the most famous in history.

Today, Gettysburg is a bustling small town with a thriving tourist industry. Small colonial shops and historical buildings line the main streets, and the National Park Service's Gettysburg National Military Park lies just outside of town. Numerous places to dine and lodge are found throughout the area, and provide ready access to the Grand History Trail.