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David Wills House

8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325
866-486-5735
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Ranked #23 of 36 attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The David Wills House is a new National Park Service museum located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Gettysburg. The museum tells... more »
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ishpeming
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117 reviews 117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum was one of the better ones but it was still a waste of time and money. It needs to be updated or something. Don't go

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as part of our package. My kids enjoyed it. There is a short video that explains how Wills was commissioned to built he national cemetery. You can tour the rest of the house including the bedroom where Lincoln slept. Overall, pretty neat. Takes about 20 min.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

David Willis was a Gettysburg attorney who was involved in establishing the Cemetery and battlefield park, and most famously where Abraham Lincoln spent the night before giving the Gettysburg Address. You can see the room where Lincoln slept, and other exhibits about the town at the time of the battle (a large diorama model was for me the highlight of... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We just happened to walk past on our recent visit to Gettysburg and decided to stop in. We are sure glad we did. The folks were all knowledgeable, incredibly friendly and quite helpful. Our tour guide was Myra who was delightful. She had a wealth of information and enthusiastically shared it with us. The exhibits and her commentary gave us... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our 2nd stop in Gettysburg and we were very happy we decided on coming! The price was surprisingly undervalued at $6.50! The staff is incredibly friendly and 2 docents happened to be on hand for historical questions. As a Lincoln enthusiast, this place was the icing on the cake. The room/bed he spent the night in prior to... More

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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71 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum primarily contained information about Lincoln's visit to the house when he came to give the Gettysburg address. It does give a little information about David Wills and effects of the battle suffered by the community of Gettysburg. It also touched on the various opinions and reactions to Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Because this is one of the last museums... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is the home where Abraham Lincoln stayed during his visit to Gettysburg to help dedicate the National Cemetery. Great reconstructions of the rooms in the house as they appeared in 1863, excellent displays to help visitors return in time to the town post-battle and prior to Lincoln delivering one of the most memorable speeches (if not THE most memorable... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I have driven past this place a thousand times without stopping in - so today I decided to go in. I'm really glad I did! The woman who greeted me was friendly and helpful, and the place was VERY interesting! This is the house where Abraham Lincoln stayed on the night of November 18, 1863, and where Lincoln finished writing... More

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Springfield
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a nice museum to visit. It's the house where Abraham Lincoln stayed before he gave the Gettysburg Address. There is a video giving an overview when you go into the museum and another video upstairs. We really enjoyed visiting the museum.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This place is obviously rich in historical significance because of the justified importance of the Gettysburg address, and it is tingling to be in the (reconstructed) bedroom where Lincoln finalized his remarks. There are also exhibits describing and explaining the address and pictures showing Lincoln and others going from downtown Gettysburg to the newly created national cemetery where he gave... More

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