Walk with us through history by hiking the beautiful, hilly battlefield that was witness to the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War. The 9-mile hike (moderate, 2 blisters; little elevation change) will feature stops at most of the major sites in the northern half of the battlefield. With historical guidance by Jackie Gluck, you’ll learn the significance of the battle and its 51,000 casualties to the war and to our nation’s history. Highlights include Soldiers’ National Cemetery (consecrated Nov 19, 1863, by Abraham Lincoln with his Gettysburg Address), Culps Hill, Spangler’s Spring, McPherson Ridge, the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Oak Ridge, Barlow Knoll, and town of Gettysburg.
The hike will be followed by a ghost walk through the old town, led by Amanda Beck who will shed some dark on the more spirited side of local lore.
Finally, we’ll have an optional dinner at the very historical Dobbin House Tavern (www.dobbinhouse.com), built in 1776! Dinner attendance is limited and requires a $10 non-refundable deposit that goes toward the cost of your dinner; to reserve a seat at the table, contact Mike Darzi directly ([masked]).
Pictures from our previous hike there are at http://tinyurl.com/9y93amv.
We'll meet at 10:15 am at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station's open (behind the garage) Park & Ride lot (not Kiss & Ride) to carpool.