Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.Stanislaw Lee
So, here’s the thing: Bert loves history; I love houses. When we travel, thankfully, it’s tit for tat as we try to satisfy both of our interests. In our first post on Gettysburg National Military Park, we focused on the Visitor Center, battlefield, cemetery and monuments. But, there’s even more to love when you consider the houses and barns of Gettysburg.
Admittedly, I don’t have names for any of these buildings. But there’s something unique about each one. Because almost all of them are white, I was drawn to the details — construction, windows and doors, shapes, rooflines, etc. And I marveled at how the houses probably held large families and guests, in small quarters.
This lovely home with slanted roof, pump, and picket fence gave me a sense of what it would be like to live in Gettysburg, raising a family and farming at the same time.
This one could be a barn or a place for storage — just not sure. But the window detail made me pause and look again.
Simplicity is key for this building. And the vertical lines on the sides add to the unintended graphic design.
Standing on the western arm of McPherson Ridge, this cantilevered barn has no doubt seen a lot from its vantage point.
Occasionally, there are red barns in the Gettysburg fields. This simple one sits at the edge of a road, greeting those who pass by on the way to the Pennsylvania State Monument. Surrounded by a high rock wall, it’s a memorable structure in the park with its rich red walls and symmetrical windows seen by many who pass by.
Finally, one of my favorite scenes is this farm made up of several red buildings surrounded by the signature Gettysburg fencing.
So, come to Gettysburg to learn more about its history and appreciate the visuals — those lovely, wide open fields with simple homes and barns bordered by rustic fencing.
Whatever you like best, you’ll find something to remember at Gettysburg.
Travel with a sense of home,
Top photo: An old white barn surrounded by rustic fencing still stands with a view of the State of Pennsylvania Monument in the background.