GDG- Changes in Gettysburg Battlefield thru the years

Andy Mills amills at
Wed Jan 4 07:24:58 CST 2012


I thank you for so much information and must apologize for only now being able to respond as I am just getting back from the holidays.  There is a lot of items you list that are new to me.  Some of them are obvious and others a bit more obscure.

As such:  I hope you don't mind a few follow-up questions.  

I think it is obvious the "Peace Light Inn" was by the Peace Light Memorial, but would you be able to give its location, as well as a definition of "Tourist Court?"


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From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of Nancy Householder
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Subject: GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Here is a short list of some of the changes made to the battlefield thru the years:

At one time there were 5 observation towers.  Beside the current ones on Oak Ridge, Culps Hill, and 

West Confederate Ave, there was also one on East Cemetery Hill, and on Cemetery Ridge, near where the Cyclorama building is still today.  

There was a trolley that ran thru the fields and out to LRT.
Out at LRT there was a sort of amusement park with a carosel, and picnic pavilion and refreashment stand.
There was a railroad that ran through the park, too.

The fence around the Soldier's National Cemetery, that came from Layfayette Park, in DC, across from the 

White House, was first put up in Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill.

On the field of PPT charge, besides Camp Colt, was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930's and then was turned into a POW camp for German POW's during WWII.

There was a Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe and Souvenir Stand, and gas station at the intersection of the Emittsburg Rd and the Millerstown Rd.

How about the Peace Light Inn and tourist court out on the field in front of the Peace Light Memorial?

I've also seen pictures of a Refreashment Stand and Souvenir shoppe on Oak Ridge.

Anyone remember a place called Fantasyland in the 1960's?  I'm not sure where it was located, but I do remember going there 

as a child.

Nancy Householder
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