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5 Things To Do in Gettysburg During the Shutdown

Published October 2, 2013

By now, you’ve heard about the government shutdown. Furloughs have affected the National Military Park, Eisenhower National Historic Site and David Wills House, though there are some modified tours of the battlefield available.

But let’s look for the silver lining in the midst of all this uncertainty.

If you’re visiting Gettysburg — a day, a long weekend, or even a full week –, there are lots of opportunities to shop, eat, and simply relax. We have farmers’ markets, wineries, orchards, art galleries, and some truly exceptional restaurants. You can enjoy theater productions, concerts, or head out to one of the area’s award-winning golf courses.

Without further ado, here are my five picks for things to do during the government shutdown:

Visit the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College
The 1600 square-foot Schmucker Art Gallery is a lively art space that displays seven to eight different exhibitions each year. Included in the gallery calendar are shows by local, national, and international contemporary artists, a faculty exhibition, a student exhibition, the annual senior art major show, and traveling exhibits of works selected from public and private collections. Melissa Ichiuji’s exhibit currently hanging is exceptional.

Browse the stacks at Pages of the Past Bookstore
Pages of the Past is a history bookstore that carries an extensive collection of history titles ranging from Ancient studies to 20th century. There is an excellent selection of Civil War and American History along with historical fiction titles and history books for all ages. We also carry a large assortment of gift items, including handmade greeting cards, candles, puzzles, maps and posters.

Catch a show at the Majestic Theater
Built by Henry Scharf as an annex to the historic Gettysburg Hotel, the theater seats 1,200 and has proudly served as the cultural crossroads of commerce, college, and community for more than eighty years. You can view the complete calendar here. There’s some fantastic performances coming up.

Hit the trails at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and Environmental Center is a non-profit education and conservation organization located on 609 acres in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I especially love exploring at this time of year with my camera in hand. In a few weeks, the foliage will be spectacular.

Enjoy a cocktail, conversation and modern American cuisine at One Lincoln
The newly renovated signature restaurant at the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln. Chef Joseph Holmes calls his fare “casual comfort,” but you can be sure that it’s going to be a memorable meal, no matter what you call it. If you’re around for a First Friday, stop by for cocktail and appetizer specials.

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