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Spend ‘An Evening with the Painting’

Spend ‘An Evening with the Painting’ during special after-hours program

On Saturday, Dec. 1, join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive after-hours program about the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 5 p.m. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country’s largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question-and-answer session.

This special program lasts about two hours and is limited to 50 people. Single adult ticket price is $20 and youth ticket (age 6 to 12) is $10. This program begins in…

Gettysburg’s 150th named top event in United States

The American Bus Association, in its survey of group tour operators throughout the country, ranked Gettysburg, PA’s 150th Anniversary Commemoration, June 28 to July 7, 2013 as the top event in the United States. This 10-day commemorative event – Gettysburg 150: Reflections of History – was chosen among hundreds of nominations as the best place to experience by motorcoach in 2013. Annually, the organization chooses the top 100 events, and notes the top in both the United States and Canada.
Gettysburg’s commemoration marks the 150thanniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863 in the middle of the American Civil War. For three days, Union and Confederate troops clashed in the farmland and through the streets of the Pennsylvania town. In the end, there were 51,000 casualties and a community ravaged by war.
In summer 2013, the destination will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary with two re-enactments, living history encampments, an official Gettysburg National Mil…

Miracles Amid the Firestorm

Fridays and Saturdays through October 31, 2012

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD

11:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm


Take a guided tour of the grounds to learn how the Sisters and Daughters of Charity served the soldiers during the war that divided our nation. Visit the site where Union officers conducted a war council to prepare for the battle of Gettysburg. Hear first-hand accounts of rescues, healing, and yes, even miracles on the battlefield. Contact for more information

Shriver House Christmas Tours

The poem ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas,’ was penned by Clement Moore in 1823. Commonly referred to as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” his poem was the inspiration for our present-day Santa Claus and changed the holiday forever. Forty years later, as the residents of Gettysburg were still reeling from the battle that changed their lives forever, Santa Claus offered a few moments of cheer that would help brighten the lives of those separated from fathers, sons and husbands during this tragic time in American history.
Candlelight Christmas tours of the Shriver House Museum, 309 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg, afford an opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience the warmth of the season in a truly old-fashioned style. Travel back in time to see how the Shrivers may have decorated their home for an 1860s Christmas while hearing the story of the family and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War affected them.
Christmas tours will take place from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 throug…

Fall Outdoor Antique Show

45th annual event will be held on Saturday, Sept 22nd
More than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and the South will converge on Gettysburg, September 22nd for the 45th annual Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show.
Sprawling out from Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, the antique event is billed as a “buyers and sellers” paradise, with high quality antiques and collectibles. Items range from primitive cupboards, sideboards, benches, farm tables, and wooden boxes, to lamps, coins, pattern glass, art glass, Depression-era glass, and ironstone. You will also find clocks, gold jewelry, rings, pictures, pocket knives, bottles, old toys, crocks, jugs, old linens, lace, dolls, pocket watches, old guns, holiday collectibles, postcards, and country farm items. Brand name pieces of Heisey, Cambridge, Fostoria, R.S. Prussia, Limoges, Haviland, Rockwood, Roseville, and carnival glass will also be featured.
The event is held on Carlisle, Chambersburg, Baltimore and York Streets, al…

World War II History Weekend

The National Park Service sponsors a World War II living history weekend at the Eisenhower National Historic Site on Sept. 15 and 16. There will be authentic recreations, programs on World War II medical services, weapons and equipment, military vehicles, communications, and stories of civilians from the home front of World War II.
Guest speakers for the event include nine World War II veterans, a retired National Park Service historian, and the widow of a veteran. There will be five speakers on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the first speaker at 10 a.m. and the last speaker at 2 p.m. Four speakers will talk on Sunday, Sept. 16. The first speaker will begin at 11 a.m. and the last will begin at 3 p.m. Each guest speaker will speak for one hour on each day.
Author Don Markle and retired National Security Agency employee, Rick Henderson, will be on hand to demonstrate a captured German Enigma Code Machine on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors may purchase lunch from the Heidlersburg Volunteer Fi…

Six hundred reviews on TripAdvisor!

The Brickhouse Inn B&B in Gettysburg, PA, now has 600 guest reviews on TripAdvisor, the premier travel site. Of these, 582 (97%) are 'Excellent' and 'Very Good', and we thank our guests who took the time to write the reviews. It's good to know they enjoyed their stays. Eighteen reviews (3%) are 'Average' or less, and we're sorry that these guests weren't more satisfied. We will continue to strive to keep a high standard at the Inn.

The Battlefield at Gettysburg

At the Brickhouse Inn B&B we recommend that you tour the Battlefield (the National Military Park) with a licensed guide. The guides are licensed by the National Park Service. The standard tour is two hours, for a fee of $55 (for 1-6 people in a vehicle). Typically the guide drives your car, so that you can relax and enjoy the scenery. In our opinion the two-hour tour doesn't do the Battlefield justice, and usually does not include Culp's Hill. A three hour tour is much better - the guide's fee is $82.50.

If you don't want to do the tour with the in-car guide, we recommend that you take a bus tour from the Visitor Center ($30/adult). However, you then have to share the guide with other people, and some time is wasted getting the people on and off the bus at the stops.

A third alternative is the audio tour with a CD. Although the CDs are very good one cannot have any interaction, as one can with a guide. We think the audio tour is best as a 'follow-up' after …

Civil War Music Muster

On Saturday, August 18, the 18th Annual Civil War Music Muster will be held at the Visitor Center and the Dobbin House. Performances are throughout the day. Performers include: David Kicaid, the Irish Volunteers, Libby Prison Minstrels, Susquehanna Travellers, 5th Michigan Regiment Band, 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band, and the Victorian Dance Ensemble.

The two regimental bands will present concerts at the Pennsylvania Monument on Saturday evening, August 18.

The Brickhouse Inn B&B is an ideal location for your stay when you attend these functions.

Caroline's Tea at the Rupp House

Caroline’s Tea will be presented by the Gettysburg Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 25, on the tented lawn at the Historic Rupp House in downtown Gettysburg from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to spend the mid-day enjoying a high tea lunch of seasonal tea sandwiches, savories, scones and gourmet desserts along with an array of artesian hot and iced teas. The Rupp House is directly opposite The Brickhouse Inn B&B in Baltimore Street.  Cindy Small, author of“The Jennie Wade Story: A True and Complete Account of the only Civilian Killed During the Battle of Gettysburg,” will be recounting the story of Jennie Wade, the Gettysburg woman who was shot during the battle in 1863. Her books will be available for purchase, and Small will be on-hand for a book-signing following the program. Tickets are available by phone at (877) 874-2478, at the Historic Rupp House at 451 Baltimore St.or at the ticket counter at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. For…

The September Antique Show

Saturday, September 22, 2012 Antique Show EventThis one-day event features 150 antique dealers from 13 states displaying their unique pieces on the sidewalks radiating from the historic Lincoln Square. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. This event is held rain or shine. Lincoln Square is eight minutes walk from The Brickhouse Inn B&B.

Please direct inquiries to Jonn Angstadt 717-253-5750 or

The Friends of Gettysburg and The Gettysburg Foundation

The Friends of Gettysburg started as a small group of concerned citizens sharing common goals and a passion for preserving the national parks in Gettysburg. The organisation grew into the Gettysburg Foundation, which now has nearly 22,000 members and supporters. The Foundation operates the Visitor Center in conjunction with the National Park Service. It has an office in the historic Rupp House, which is directly opposite The Brickhouse Inn B&B in Baltimore Street.

The Gettysburg Foundation is holding a fundraising event on Friday, September 7, 2012. For information contact Lori Korczyk at (717) 339-2161.

A rose in the garden of The Brickhouse Inn 

The Cyclorama

Many of you will have seen the renovated/restored Cyclorama at the Visitor Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. 'An Evening with the Painting' will give you details of how the painting was executed in 1883, and about the restoration. For information and registration call 877-874-2478, or visit

The Visitor Center is a mile from The Brickhouse Inn, Gettysburg's premier award-winning bed and breakfast.

Civil War Medicine at Frederick

Anyone interested in Civil War medicine should go to Terry Reimer's presentation: 'Frederick, One Vast Hospital', at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at Frederick, MD. For more information call 301-695-1864. Frederick is about 40 minutes from Gettysburg on Rte 15S.

The Hauser Estate Winery

Events at the Hauser Estate Winery, a favorite of ours, and only 15 minutes drive from The Brickhouse Inn (on Rte 30W):

August 8 (6-9 pm) Dancing with the Vines.
August 9 (6-9 pm) Creekside Soul will perform at Thirsty Thursday.
August 10 (6-9 pm) Nancy & Jody Island Fusion Music.
August 11 (6-9 pm) Motown Sounds with Tyrone.

You can enjoy this music in the winery venue with stunning views over the orchards and vineyards. For more information call 717-334-4888, or visit

The Gettysburg Walking Tour

The Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched its Gettysburg Walking Tour app for the iPhone. The aim is to give visitors, and residents, a way of ecperiencing the rich history of downtown Gettysburg.

The app highlights key landmarks and features voice-over narration as walkers make their way through the town. Sites include the Historic Gettysburg Train Station, the Globe Inn, the Hoke-Codori House, the Fahnstock House, and the residences of famous citizens (Jenny Wade, Thaddeus Stevens, and the Pierce, Garlach and Shriver families. It also includes sites and stories about President Lincoln's visit to the town.

The app is free, and can be obtained through iTunes at

For your Walking Tour, stay at The Brickhouse Inn. Below is the historic c.1830 Welty House, which has six of our guest rooms. The south wall at the rear has many bullet scars from the Battle.

The Fighting at Culp's Hill

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you can meet a Park Ranger at the observation tower on Culp's Hill for a free one-hour talk about the fighting along the Union right flank during the Battle. The tower is only ten minutes walk from The Brickhouse Inn B&B in Gettysburg, the best location for your visit to this historic town.

The koi pond in the garden of The Brickhouse Inn

Visiting the National Cemetery

We always advise guests who visit the Brickhouse Inn B&B in Gettysburg that the best way to visit the National Cemetery is to meet a Park Ranger there. The Ranger meets visitors at the Taneytown Road (top) entrance to the Cemetery at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. every day for a free 45 minutes tour. The National Cemetery is only two minutes walk from the Inn, the ideal place for you to stay!

500th 5 Star review on TripAdvisor!

The Brickhouse Inn Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, PA, has just had its 500th 5-star (Excellent) review on TripAdvisor! Our thanks to the wonderful guests who took the time to write these reviews, which will help potential guests with their visits to Gettysburg. The reviews consistently mention cleanliness, the sumptious breakfasts, the lovely gardens, and the great location - within easy walking distance of most shops and restaurants.

Walk with Lincoln!

Every Saturday through November 19, 2012: meet a guide at the Gettysburg Hotel (1 Lincoln Square) at 1 p.m. for a 90 minute tour. You will follow the steps of President Lincoln during his November 1863 visit to Gettysburg. Information from 717-339-6161, or from the Brickhouse Inn B&B, Gettysburg.

Unsolved Mysteries of Gettysburg!

Every Friday through October 26, 2010: meet a guide at the Gettysburg Hotel (1 Lincoln Square) at 6 p.m. for an evening of fun and mystery, exploring some of Gettysburg's most notorious places. Listen to tales of murder, lies, scandals and curiosities. These are true stories that will hold you spellbound! The tour lasts for 90 minutes. Information from 717-339-6161, or from the Brickhouse Inn B&B, Gettysburg.

'Hike with Ike'

Did you know that every Thursday evening - through August 16 - you can go on a free guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg with a Park Ranger. Meet at the Gettysburg College gates, on the corner of North Washington Street and Water Street, at 7.15 p.m.

Authentic Victorian Photo Package!

The Brickhouse Inn has introduced a new package - the Victorian Photograph Package ($120/couple). Guests can visit the Victorian Photography Studio in Steinwehr Avenue (about two minutes walk from the Inn) and have their photo taken using the authentic techniques of the period. They will be dressed in period costume and shown the image development process. The 5" x 7" tintype or glass photo is a lasting memory of their visit to Gettysburg, and usually costs $69.95. Our package also includes a $50 dinner certificate for the historic Dobbin House restaurant, and hot fudge sundaes at Sunset icecream parlor.

Best B&B in Gettysburg!

The Brickhouse Inn was voted 'Best B&B in Gettysburg' in a poll conducted by the magazine Celebrate Gettysburg. Tessa and Brian went to the presentation - there were about ten categories, including Best Hotel and Best Restaurant. The magazine took some great pics which we'll try to put on the blog.

Gettysburg in Bloom!

As part of the Gettysburg Festival the Inns of the Gettysburg Area has put on its 1st Annual Garden Tour, on Sunday, June 10, 2012 (1-5 p.m.). Tickets are $10/person and entitle you to visit 10 properties in and around Gettysburg. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit:, or call 717-337-3423.

The Brickhouse Inn will be one of the 10 B&Bs in the garden tour. The proceeds will go to The Gettysburg Festival and Land Conservancy of Adams County.

An Evening Walk Through History

The first of the 2012 series is on Tuesday, June 5. Stuart Dempsey tells about "Carroll's Brigade at Gettysburg".

Col. Samuel Carroll had a reputation as an agressive combat soldier, and so did the men under his command. By the summer of 1863 the four regiments of his 'Gibraltar Brigade' had already proven themselves on many battlefields, and they would do so again at Gettysburg. The tour will investigate the role of the 8th Ohio in front of Cemetery Ridge, as well as the timely counter attack executed by the rest of this hard-fighting brigade on East Cemetery Hill. The total walking distance of this tour is approximately 1.5 miles for the round trip, including some inclines.

Cost is $30 per person (buy 6 and get one free; buy 12 and get 2 free). For more information contact:

The Brickhouse Inn is the perfect place to stay when you come to Gettysburg, PA.

Walks through history

The Association of Licensed Guides in Gettysburg will have a series of 'Walks Through History' in 2012. Each Tuesday a guide will lead an evening walk, dedicated to a specific topic. These walks are ideal for those who want an in-depth view of a specific aspect of the Battle. The fee is $30, and a seventh tour will be free. The complete series of 14 tours would require 12 paid tickets and two would be free.

You can get more details from the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, or call The Brickhouse Inn on 717-338-9337, or 1-800-864-3464.

Spring blooms at The Brickhouse Inn, Gettysburg

Spring come to The Brickhouse Inn - or is it summer? This photo was taken today (March 15) showing daffodils, a camellia, and flowering cherry trees. It's all happened so suddenly - I can't keep up with pruning the roses!

500th review on TripAdvisor!

Today we had our 500th review on TripAdvisor! Of those, 437 (87%) were 'Excellent' (5 star) and 46 (9%) were 'Very good' (4 star) - making 97% in those two categories. Our sincere thanks to those 483 guests who wrote the lovely reviews, and our apologies to the 17 guests who were only averagely happy or less - we tried to address their issues. Thanks also to our wonderful staff who helped us to maintain a high standard.

Gettysburg's North-South Marathon

Stay at The Brickhouse Inn for your Gettysburg Marathon on Sunday, April 29. This will be the 2nd running of our North-South Marathon - a certified qualification race for the Boston Marathon. It will be run through the Battlefield and surrounding scenic countryside. Last year we had 900 runners and 100 relay teams. New this year will be a mobility impaired division.

For registration and race details visit, or call 1-866-329-9382, or email

The Irish at Gettysburg

Come to stay at Gettysburg's premier Bed & Breakfast - The Brickhouse Inn, for March 16-18, 2012. Celebrate the Irish at Gettysburg on Saturday, March 17. Walk the path of Patty O'Rourke and other Irish soldiers on the Gettysburg Battlefield for an hour with licensed guide Rich Kohr. Then enjoy an entertaining luncheon at the historic Dobbin House restaurant with music by Rick Garland. Price: $100/couple plus lodging ($55/single guest),

Meet President Lincoln Weekend

Join us for 'Meet President Lincoln Weekend' on Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25. The main activities are on Saturday: a) At 1 p.m. a tour of the National Cemetery with senior guide/historian Roy Frampton, when he will present you with an autographed copy of his book about the cemetery. b) At 6.30-7.00 p.m. meet President Lincoln (celebrated re-enactor Jim Getty) at the historic Dobbin House Restaurant (only 3 minutes walk from The Brickhouse Inn). He will chat to you during dinner and will give a short address at the end. Price: $120/couple plus lodging ($75/couple for the dinner component only).