A few weeks ago I went with my parents on vacation to Gettysburg, PA. This trip was our fifth time being at Gettysburg, the last time was back in 2009 for my senior pictures! The civil war has always fascinated me, and especially Gettysburg being the turning point for the war. This year with the addition to the Spangler Farm museum and the Seminary Ridge museum, we learned more about civil war hospitals and how the battle affected the civilians living in the area.
Pictured below are a few images from the Spangler Farm. The awesome thing about this farm is that it was a working farm up until 2008! It did not stay in the Spangler family, but was a farmed property until the Gettysburg Foundation purchased it. The barn was completely restored to what it would have looked like back in 1863, and the amazing this is that over 50% of the barn standing now is original. A few interesting facts is that they did use anesthetic in the civil war; it was either ether or chloroform so no one “bit the bullet”. Also two things that we have around today that came out of the civil war, ambulances and also triage.
We also took a half day trip to the Catoctin Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland. You can see a few of the images from our visit there below as well.