Family Day at Spangler
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Join us for "Family Day at Spangler," a free, one-day event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 29, at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation, the event marks the first opportunity for the public to visit the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital this year.
Family Day at Spangler offers an educational day for families to experience and learn more about the history of the 80-acre historic site.
The Blue & Gray Hospital Association, an official living history group of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will be on-site during the event. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the living historians throughout the day. The family-friendly programming and offerings include the opportunity to:
Visit the best-preserved Civil War field hospital utilized during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Hear stories about the civilians and their role at the farm during and after the battle.
Explore Civil War era pharmaceuticals and dentistry.
Learn about the Letterman System and how it was used during the battle.
See a reproduction of a Civil War Wheeling (Rosecrans) ambulance that was used to transport the wounded.
Hear stories about the Spangler family.
Discover Civil War era games.
Treat yourself to a local favorite with Mr. G’s old fashioned ice cream.
Visitors to this special Family Day at Spangler event may drive directly to the property and park on-site. The George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital is located at 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg, Pa.
A successful family farm before and after the Battle of Gettysburg, the site served as the Union Army’s 11th Corps field hospital where more than 1,900 wounded soldiers—both Union and Confederate—received care. The property also served as an artillery reserve, ammunition reserve, provost guard and a temporary cemetery for both Union and Confederate soldiers.