Did you know that the three-day Battle of Gettysburg was not fought on the battlefields alone but also right in the heart of town, on the streets? You will unearth all sorts of fascinating facts to explore with unique touring options from Grave Digger Tours.
Since opening operations back in 2012, Grave Digger Tours has been leading locals and touring visitors alike on two available tours that examine the broader town spectrum of the Battle of Gettysburg with specific focuses on community and civilian experiences. Unlike other tours centering on the dominating, broader focuses of soldiers and warfare, these tours look at everyday aspects that were part of the civilian experience and coping with turmoil in this quaint town.
One of the tours offered through Grave Digger is The Aftermath. This tour examines the many horrors of daily life faced by the residents of Gettysburg during the battle as well as the mess they were left with and upheaval in their town after the fact. Discover the backstory you never hear about—the way the townspeople were forced to deal with dead and dying soldiers in their midst, as well as their animals, and the overall littering and rotting in their own streets. You will also learn about how shallow graves affected the living, the embalming process, and get to experience a replica of a typical field hospital with emphasis on how doctors dealt with amputations. You will also see displays of artifacts, letters, photographs, and much more.
Another tour offered is Women of Gettysburg. They say behind every strong man there is a strong woman. In a town like Gettysburg where many strong, brave men fought and died defending their cause, many seemingly ordinary resident women rose to the challenges in their midst. Join your tour guide through a past visitation into the lives of the resident women in Gettysburg, both known and unknown. Despite having no formal training, many women took to nursing, volunteering, and doing their share and more during the Battle of Gettysburg and, by extension, the whole of the Civil War years. Meet women who donned uniforms, helped in makeshift hospitals, and even hear from women who wrote books and traveled across the nation on lecture tours about the Battle of Gettysburg.
Grave Digger Tours run nightly on most nights during the open season of April 1, to October 31. Private tours may also be conducted by request during the off-season. Times vary but most tours begin at dusk. Please note that these tours are family-friendly ant do not give focus to hauntings or paranormal activity. Cameras are welcome.
Starting location for Grave Digger Tours is at the Great T-Shirt Company, also the location where you purchase tickets. The Great T-Shirt Company is located at 65 Steinwehr Avenue. For all other information, call 717-334-8611 or visit www.gravediggertours.com.