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“A missable site” 3 of 5 stars
Review of David Wills House

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
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Jamestown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A missable site”
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 expecting exactly, but the area fell short. A better museum/visitors' center would help.

Visited September 2013
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Malvern, Pa
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101 reviews 101 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
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 enough to others it is just the right amount. We agree on just the right amount.

Other are upset about the pricing for what you get to see. We were not we found the price fair.

Also some were upset about how the building was preserved and/or renovated. We feel it would be nice to be in its original condition.
However, they maintained what they could considering at some point the first floor was a Rea and Derrick drug store.

So in summarization, you learn a lot if you take the time and worth the money.

Visited September 2013
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Mystic, Connecticut, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Okay”
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 daily May through August. It was not worth the admission fee.

Visited August 2013
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Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Galena, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Well worth the small fee”
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.

Visited August 2013
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