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“Interesting but expected more” 3 of 5 stars
Review of David Wills House

David Wills House
Ranked #21 of 69 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Michigan
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Interesting but expected more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This is the location where Lincoln spent the night in Gettysburg before giving the Gettysburg address. It was informative and somewhat interactive. Main point of interest is the bed where Lincoln slept. Not sure what else they could have included - maybe an actual person giving the history, rather than signage. If you want to see the room where Lincoln slept, I recommend going.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Honest, Abe slept here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

PERHAPS only one room would interest children: the room where President Lincoln slept on the night before giving his Gettysburg Address. However, some teens and history buffs will enjoy the electronic quiz about the event on the second floor. Mature enthusiasts of Civil War history, Victorian decor and dress, and Lincoln biography will enjoy the air conditioned walk through this lovely house-museum of displays with story boards, facts boards, and hushed (what used to be) library-like atmosphere. About $6.50 admission for non-senior citizen adults, good value, take your time and ABSORB it all. Did not SEE an elevator, used stairs.

Visited July 2013
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West Bend, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Employees discuraged people from coming close to closing time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We showed up 30 minutes before closing and the people at the desk acted like it wouldn't be worth it to visit for a half an hour...so we were unable to visit at all because we were leaving the next day. Maybe they should charge half price 1/2 hour before closing for the express view instead of turning people away. They lost our on 4 entry fees from our family plus the 3 other people that were next to us.

Visited July 2013
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lincoln Slept Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The house had a lot of information about David Wills, which was kind of boring. What attracts you to this house is the fact that Lincoln wrote part of the Gettysburg address here, and the bed he slept in is still in the house! Highly recommend a visit to this home.

Visited July 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“TINY MUSEUM OF GIAGANTIC HISTORIC IMPORTANCE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We wandered into this museum by accident, thinking it was another antique/curio/gift shop on the corner of the Round-About in the heart of Gettysburg.We were surprised to find out that this was the house where Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address. There are only two rooms in the home that are "recreated" to look as they did during the period, but they were amazing because it is the actual bed, including the actual bedspread that Abraham Lincoln used while he stayed at the Wills home. It was a small donation (I believe $6.50) per person to walk through the house and read the historic information that was fascinating and interesting. A good place to stop off while walking up and down the shop lined streets of town!

Visited July 2013
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