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Quick Facts about Gettysburg for Kids

Gettysburg is a borough in and the county seat of Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States, and the eponym for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and PresidentAbraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

  • The town hosts visitors to the Gettysburg National Battlefield in the Gettysburg National Military Park and has 3 institutions of higher learning: Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg College, and Harrisburg Area Community College.
  • Samuel Gettys settled on the Shippensburg – Baltimore and Philadelphia – Pittsburgh cross roads with a 1761 tavern where soldiers and traders came to rest, and to the southwest is the 1776 Dobbin House Tavern within the subsequent 1786 border established for the borough.
  • In 1858 the Gettysburg Railroad completed construction of a railroad line from Gettysburg to Hanover.
  • In 2011, Senator Robert Casey introduced S. 1897, which would include the railroad station within the boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • In June 2009, the Adams County Transit Authority implemented local transportation service to the borough operating under the name Freedom Transit In June 2011, a Rabbit Transit commuter bus to Harrisburg began service.
  • Gettysburg is located on U.S. Route 30 about 25 miles (40 km) west of York, Pennsylvania in the Cumberland Valley.
  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.3 km² (1.6 mi²), all land.
  • For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.
  • The median income for a household in the borough was $29,840, and the median income for a family was $40,489.
  • The main industry of the borough is tourism associated with such historic sites as Gettysburg National Military Park (including the Gettysburg National Cemetery) and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
  • Gettysburg has many activities and tours to offer to vacationers and tourists who are interested in the Gettysburg area and the history of the community and the battle.