The head house was built in 1859 and served as the western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad line to Hanover, Pennsylvania. The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is free and open to the public with special exhibits through the year.
Lincoln arrived here by train on November 18, 1863, invited by David Wills to say "a few appropriate remarks" at the dedication of the national cemetery. The station also served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, transporting 15,000 wounded soldiers after the battle.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Station is operated by the Destination Gettysburg. The Station is the official home of the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission created by Governor Ed Rendell to create and promote events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009.