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New, Detailed Model of the Town of Gettysburg in November 1863 at the David Wills House

Published May 25, 2011

I just had the pleasure of viewing the newly installed, detailed model of the Town of Gettysburg in November 1863 at the David Wills House. This stunning model depicts a 4 block area of Gettysburg, around “the Diamond” bordered on the east by Stratton Street, on the west by Washington Street, on the North by the railroad tracks, and on the south by Middle Street.

This 48′ by 68.5″ model was created by Bill Aldrich, a Gettysburg resident, who researched and created the model as a volunteer for Gettysburg National Military Park. He spent 2,000 hours creating it.

The model includes 260 buildings, including 109 houses, 77 carriage houses/stables/sheds, 68 outhouses, 5 burned-out buildings and 1 church, a 120′ flag pole, approximately 135 people, 14 carriages and wagons with horses and 16 horses and people riding horses.

This is truly a must-see when in Gettysburg!

This is a photo of what is now the Gettysburg Hotel!

About the David Wills House: The David Wills House opened in 2009 as an official site within Gettysburg National Military Park, operated through a partnership by Main Street Gettysburg. As a national park site, the museum attracts visitors to downtown and tells the story of the aftermath of the battle, and Lincoln’s visit to give the Gettysburg Address.

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