Journey to Hallowed Ground- Touring Gettysburg-Monticello

Now that the cooler weather is here, it's a good time to start planning summer adventures.  Last spring we went to Gettysburg and followed the driving tour from Gettysburg to Monticello called 'Journey through Hallowed Ground'.  It was an adventure in American History and my husband was the most intrigued.  We saw 2 of the 9 presidential homes on the route- Monticello and Montpelier.  We drove through a few smaller battlefields and spent a whole day at Gettysburg National Park with a tour guide who told us stories about the battles and showed us where our Wisconsin troops had done their fighting.  If you decide to go, you can find the paperback book, "The Journey Through Hallowed Ground" by David Edwin Lillard at Amazon.  Even if you can borrow it from the library, if you plan to do the tour justice, you'll use the book so much it will get some wear.  It follows the route and lists everything of historic significance with a detailed description.  To accompany this, we used a couple of apps for smart phones.  One was "Gettysburg battle app"- it described where to find the monuments and also told where each battle took place and what was affected.  There was also an app called "American civil war locator" that uses your GPS to identify what is right where you are as you travel.
One of the monuments at Gettysburg Round Top
Omar dressed as a Union Soldier

Cannons are placed throughout the fields
Monticello- home of Thomas Jefferson

Montpelier- home of James Madison

This coming year, Gettysburg celebrates the 150th anniversary of the 3 day battle that lasted from July 1-3, 1863 and there are some huge reenactments and other events that make it a desired destination for any American history buff.  They have actually started events already, but there will be more as the date draws nearer.  If you want to go, you probably need to make a hotel reservation now because when we were there, we heard the reenactment was going to attract people from all over the world.  Abdul is still talking about the possibility of going back because we saw just a small portion of the tour.  If you are interested in ghosts, this is supposedly one of the most haunted places in America.  There is a haunted walking tour and if you can find the travel channels 'Ghosts of Gettysburg', it gives details of houses that are included.  It was said that it was because so many men died fast and terrible deaths.

A driving tour can be fun for the whole family.  Hope you find time to do this one some day!


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