Wills House reopens this weekend | Community News


The historic David Wills House will reopen on April 23, free of charge, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to a statement from the National Park Service.

Starting June 2, operations will run Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. National Park Service rangers will staff the home with support from Main Street Gettysburg.

The reopening of the David Wills House will operate in accordance with CDC recommendations and capacity will be limited to meet COVID-19 standards for federal facilities. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

The three-story brick house at 8 Lincoln Square was the home of David and Catherine Wills before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. President Abraham Lincoln was one of their guests the day before the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Lincoln finished composing his Gettysburg Address in the second-floor bedroom on the evening of November 18, 1863.

This historic home features two recreated rooms, Wills’ law office and the bedroom where Lincoln spent the evening, as well as two short films, an interactive computer on the Gettysburg address, a diorama of the two-block radius surrounding the house, and virtual ID cards to better understand the consequences of the greatest battle on American soil.

“The David Wills House should be part of any visit to Gettysburg. The National Park Service is thrilled to be back in the heart of downtown Gettysburg and making this historic home free for our visitors,” said Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Steve Sims. “The David Wills House exhibits provide an opportunity to learn more about the Wills family and reflect on the significance of Gettysburg, the aftermath of the battle, and the legacy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.”

The David Wills House is part of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that took place there in the context of the American history. Visit the website for details, https://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/david-wills-house.htm.


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