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“Interesting but not essential”

Eisenhower National Historic Site
Ranked #8 of 108 things to do in Gettysburg
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Owner description: President Eisenhower used this farm as a retreat from the White House, then retired here.
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Very much a 50s style house on the inside, the tour is fine, lots of historical information, but this is not an essential part of your Gettysburg visit.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

it was very neat to see Pres. Eisenhower's home and his art gallery of his own paintings. it is a must see.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

As many times as I have visited Gettysburg I never went to the Farm & Estate of President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was as though I stepped back into the 50's. I was very surprised to see that he lived a very modest life for a man who was the 34th president of the United States and a 5 Star General in the US Army. Eisenhower was president from 1953 to 1961
with a very impressive resume to his credit. He was a graduate of West Point . Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry but grew up in Kansas

The Eisenhauer (German for "iron hewer") family migrated from Karlsbrunn, Germany, to Switzerland in the 17th century due to religious persecution, and a century later came to the United States. The Eisenhower family settled in York, Pennsylvania, in 1730, and in the 1880s they moved to Kansas. Eisenhower's Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, who were primarily farmers, included Hans Nikolaus Eisenhauer of Karlsbrunn, who migrated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1741. While attending West Point he was on their football team along with another soon to be famous general Omar Bradley. In November 1942, Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Commander Allied (Expeditionary) Force of the North African Theater of Operations (NATOUSA) through the new operational Headquarters.

Having been a General who studied military strategy, he studied the great battle of Gettysburg.
The only home that General Eisenhower ever owned was his farm in Gettysburg. He would often set in his parlor that looked up at Seminary Ridge in the Gettysburg Battlefield and simulate the strategy that was employed there on the first day of battle of Gettysburg.

Upon entering the grounds you will travel down a long driveway lined on both sides by trees. The checkpoint building still stands at its entry. The house is most definitely of 1950's vintage. When the original farmhouse was renovated they discovered that the structure was originally a log cabin that had been enclosed by modern walls. The addition to the house offered much needed space for visiting dignitaries and heads of state. There is a small bungalow type structure on the grounds in which visitors could stay as well. He took great pride in the farms livestock and wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Being an avid golfer there is also a fairway on the grounds of the estate.

Note: Visitations to this farm are only available by bus and tickets can be purchased at the Gettysburg Battlefields Main Building. Private vehicles are not permitted. There is a small museum that you can purchase memorabilia of the Eisenhower years as well as books and cold drinks. I Found this to be quite educational.

Thank RLW306
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Beautiful fall day to see Eisenhower farm. It has a view of mountains in distance that were in full fall colors.The house is filled with the their furniture . You learned that Ike loved the color green. He even had the barn painted his favorite color. There are several paintings in the house that he painted himself , they pointed out which one was Mamie s favorite.She had several rose beds which still were in bloom.The garage had his vehicles, including the presidential car.I found it interesting that he bought this farm because he was so interested in soil conservation and wanted to leave a piece of land in better condition than how he had found it.You buy your ticket at visitors center and they take you there by bus. the bus driver gave interesting facts along the way . You got the impression that they were very happy there

Thank bbutterflyy48
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

the tour was very good for the most part you were left on your own to wander around after a guided tour of the home .was surprised how small the house was but the land was beautiful and the views are not to be missed

Thank paul k
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