The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

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David Wills House

The three-story home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills, built about 1816, was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln stayed before giving his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg's community from a place of devastation to the symbol of our nation's "new birth of freedom." The museum includes seven galleries filled with displays, original artifacts and two films: "Battle Ground to Hallowed Ground," which explores Cemetery Hill's transition from a Union army defensive position to the site of Soldiers' National Cemetery; and "A Brief but Immortal Speech," which investigates the meaning of the Gettysburg Address. Two rooms are restored to their 1863 appearance: Wills' office where he began planning for Soldier’s National Cemetery; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared the Gettysburg Address that he gave at the dedication of the cemetery in 1863. The museum is part of Gettysburg National Military Park.


January - February

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

(Open Martin Luther King Day & Presidents Day) 


Thursday through Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Wednesday-Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

May - August           

Open Daily: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Wednesday-Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 


Wednesday-Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

November - December        

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM   

(Open on Veteran's Day and the Friday following Christmas)

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:
Adult (13 to 64) - $6.50
Youth (ages 6 to 12) - $4.00
Senior - $5.50
5 and Under - Free
8 Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17310
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Local Tourism Resources:

  • Destination Gettysburg
    Inside the Historic Gettysburg Train Station 35 Carlisle Street.
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    717-334-6274 or 800-337-5015
    Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm / Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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