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David Wills House

8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Ranked #24 of 34 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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Chesapeake Beach
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is where Lincoln stopped before Gettysburg address. There is a fee to enter, which based on the fee vs size of the place still debatable. Overall, ranger who worked the desk was very helpful and was glad we stopped.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Neat place to visit and bring the kids. Staff was welcoming and the information was very educational. I love this place. Must come back with the whole family.

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Avon, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I remember the Wills House when it was just a room--the "Lincoln Bedroom" with nothing original. In the intervening years, the great effort was made to track down the original bed, linens, etc. from the bedroom that night that President Lincoln stayed there, putting the final touches on The Address. For me, the Wills House was a chance to imagine... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I am sure for died-in-the wool history buffs it was a wealth of information. However, I was disappointed b/c you do not get to walk through the David Wills house. You get to walk through a gutted structure that was once the David Wills house. The walls might still be there, but that's it. The rest was retro-fitted to allow... More

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Scranton, PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a very disappointing attraction in Gettysburg. Except for the bedroom, it captures none of the period. If you like the sort of museum that has you sitting on benches reading stuff, instead of experiencing the moment, I imagine you'd enjoy this. For me, it was boring, and I'm a huge Lincoln fan. Stay on the battlefield, or visit... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

You can roam the battlefield as much as you want for free, but the NPS charges 5.50 (with a AAA discount) for a very pedestrian historic house museum. Most of the exhibits in the house were almost instantly forgotten -- the bedroom exhibit aside. To be honest, I was disappointed overall with downtown Gettysburg. I don't know what I was... More

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Malvern, Pa
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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We were glad we visited the David Wills house even though others warned us not to. They have told the story well. We were happy with our decision to visit the David Wells house. Keep in mind this is not a guided tour. You go through at your own pace and read the story. To some it is not detailed... More

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Mystic, Connecticut, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is only a self guided tour. It mostly consists of a few videos and displays. The Lincoln bedroom was neat but very dark and you could not use flash photography. It would have been nice if they sold postcards of the bedroom taken by a professional because your photos will not come out worth printing. The hours are 10-5... More

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Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This tour was disappointing for such a wonderful man as David Wills. His house has been turned into more of a visitor center than a museum or house to tour.

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Galena, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

For anyone who is a Lincoln fan, this place is a must see. Great information on the events leading to the Gettysburg Address.

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