December 7, 2019 8:00PM
December Encounters with History
The Gettysburg Electric Railway: An Early Preservation Battle with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
This is a full-day indoor and outdoor program. A lecture will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park museum and Visitor Center, followed by a moderate walking tour from 12:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The controversial Gettysburg Electric Trolley operated between 1893 and 1916 as a commercial enterprise. Some said it was a great way to see the battlefield; others said it was a desecration of hallowed ground. Today it is but a footnote in the interesting evolutionary history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Although long gone, the footprint of the trolley’s path remains. This program includes an indoor presentation that looks at planning and execution of the project by the trolley company’s founding entrepreneurs and an afternoon tour that follows the bed of the trolley line across the battlefield from its origin in town to East Cemetery Hill and on to its termination near Little Round Top. The afternoon tour will consist of about 45 minutes on the bus and the remainder on foot over sometimes level and sometimes rough ground.