Gettysburg Field Hospital Keeps Civil War History Alive

 

It’s a hot summer day on July 1,1863, in Gettysburg, PA. The Battle of Gettysburg has just begun and already the wounded are looking for respite. A sanctuary appears in the form of a prosperous farm and orchard, home to the Spangler family of six. In one day, the farm is taken over and becomes the main field hospital site for the 2nd Division of the 11th Union Army Corps. 

wooded fence in misty valley

Over 150 years later, the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital has been transformed into a place where the Battle of Gettysburg never ended. When you come to visit, come prepared to learn. This family farm turned field hospital brings history to life with demonstrations and events that everyone can learn from. Spangler Farm hosts daily programs such as “The Spangler Farm in 1863” at 10:45am & 1:15pm, or “An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm” at 11:30am & 2pm.

Spangler Farms also hosts seasonal and monthly events, that explore more areas of the Civil War. Following are some exciting events coming soon!

  • Program: “Civil War Apothecary: What and how were medicines used during the Civil War?” – August 3, 2019
  • Living History Encampment: 150th PA Volunteer Infantry “Bucktails” Co. C & K Civil War Field Hospital – August 2, 3, & 4, 2019
  • Living History Encampment: 136th NYSV Medical Hospital. This demonstration will highlight nursing techniques and duties, including the use of mannequins and period instruments – August 9, 10, & 11, 2019

Located about 35 minutes away from Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast, we would be happy to give you directions to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital while we give you a hot breakfast. As always, make sure to #BookDirect!

 

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