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Annual Gettysburg Reenactment
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not for me”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Very expensive and was very warm that day. Wasn't worth the money. The parking area is a long walk from the actual event, and we weren't told that until we had parked in the wrong area and had to repark.

8 Thank sandy w
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Living History”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

This is a great reenactment if you are interested in the history of the American Civil War. It is usually a spectacular sight.

3 Thank vangie1
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Harrisburg, Pa.
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Can Be a Fun Day, but PLAN AHEAD!”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I have been attending and participating in the Gettysburg reenactment for several years. Please consider these tips and advice if you ever have the chance to attend. This can be a great, awe inspiring, fun filled event if you plan ahead and prepare yourself.
First off understand that it is not Disney World, there are not a lot of creature comforts. It is held on a farm outside of Gettysburg, and it can get very hot in July. Dress appropriately, wear a hat, use sun screen and drink plenty of fluids. The majority of the organizers are volunteers, so you may have to ask several people to get a correct answer. The organization sometimes just isn’t there.
Tickets can be very expensive, so plan ahead, research on line and try to find a discount. There is also bleacher seating for an additional fee. We don’t sit in the bleachers, so I don’t know if it is worth it or not. If you can, make a day out of it, otherwise it is a very expensive hour or two. Food and drinks can be pricey too, so if you can go back to your car for a break and a drink (they don’t allow coolers inside the event). Check the schedule of events either online or when you get there. There are usually two battle scenarios a day, plus plenty of other things going on around the event.
If you get a chance go to the Reenactors military camps. Generally they enjoy seeing and talking to the visitors. Please keep this in mind though. They are not actors; they are not getting paid to be there. In fact, they buy all of their own uniforms and equipment, and they pay up to $25.00 each to participate and put on the battle. The best time to go is in the morning, before the battles. Things are more active. My advice is to ask questions, but be respectful, some are more talkative than others, and they may not have time to talk long. The object is to make it look like a military camp with schedules, orders and drill. If they look hot and tired, they probably are and have been at the camp for a couple of days. Please don’t expect them to give you a polished, Disney-esque speech and show. That is not what they are there to do.
The shop tents or suttlers can provide a great look into objects and equipment of the time. Many have hand-made and unusual items, just stay away from the souvenir junk.
It is a great day if you take advantage of the time, use the experience to imagine what it must have been like, prepare, and know what to expect.
The 150th anniversary of Gettysburg is in 2013. It will be a big event with lots of crowds. If you want to go, plan now.

Visited July 2012
37 Thank travelfamily1426
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2012

The encampments and talks by "generals" were wonderfully informative. Lots of little vendors. The battle reenactments itself were pretty amazing, especially with live mortar fire. At ground level it was difficult to tell what's really going in terms of troop movements, so it's possible the bleacher seating up top provides better vantage point.

It was super hot this year, which made it uncomfortable to be outside very long (not their fault). Make sure to get there early to place your camping chair if you don't plan to sit in the bleachers. Buy tickets online early for discounts.

The announcer made a point of making the event very patriotic. While I appreciate the sentiment, it did get annoying over the course of multiple days that he kept referring to the patriotism and by the fourth time God Bless America is sang you didn't really want to hear any patriotic songs ever again.

Patriotism is something people feel on their own right. It can't be forced.

Definitely worth doing once, but probably won't try again.

Visited July 2012
8 Thank meponine
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Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gettysburg reenactment”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

The reenactment is a great weekend event. The battles are great and the history programs that go with it are fabulous.

1 Thank Steve M
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