The David Wills House Gettysburg Reviews
Location of the Gettysburg Address Jul 11, 2012
The David Wills House is a Historic House managed by the National Park Service. It is a museum dedicated to the memory of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, and the history of a town that saw a devastating war.
We were not able to go inside the museum on the day we visited Gettysburg because by the time we got there it was after 5:00 pm and we really needed to start our journey back to Virginia. Nonetheless we were able to learn some information for a historian and our guide.
The house has five museum galleries and two recreated rooms including Lincoln's bedroom. We did not want to leave Gettysburg without going to the David Wills house, so we made the stop. Perhaps next time we will actually tour the galleries.
PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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The Gettysburg Address and the Wills House May 28, 2010
The David Wills House in Gettysburg is the home where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered his Gettysburg Address and the place where he put the finishing touches on one of the most famous of all speeches. The house is a museum and an interpretive center for the Gettysburg Address. It is owned by the National Park Service.
David Wills was a young Gettysburg attorney who had bought the house for his family in 1859. After the Battle in early July 1863, the Governor of Pennsylvania assigned Wills the task of arranging for the design and construction of what became Gettysburg National Cemetery. As part of the dedication ceremony for the cemetery, Wills wrote to President Lincoln inviting him to come to Gettysburg to "deliver a few appropriate remarks". Those remarks became the Gettysburg Address.
In the house, visitors can see the second floor bedroom where Lincoln stayed. Also in the house is Wills' law office and a gallery and film on the meaning of the Gettysburg Address then and today.
A very meaningful exhibit and recommended. Admission is $6.50.
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