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“Disappointing” 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 #21 of 37 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Historic Sites
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
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 for the plexiglass displays. There is one room that is supposedly set up as it was during Lincoln's stay, but that one room did not anywhere near satisfy my curiosity about the house itself and how it might have looked and functioned 150 years ago.

Visited November 2013
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Scranton, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
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 the cemetery, instead of wasting time here....

Visited February 2013
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Jamestown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“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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27 attraction reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 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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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 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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