Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Historic Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC)
The Historic G.A.R. Building, 53 E. Middle Street
Come help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the G.A.R, Hall.
Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC) holds an open house at the G.A.R. Hall, 53 East Middle Street in Gettysburg from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 to celebrate this historic milestone.
The public is invited to view the hall’s lovely folk art murals and historic photographs and connect with 200 years of Gettysburg history.
The brick building began as a Methodist church in 1822 and was one of the first churches in the area to welcome African Americans into its congregation. During the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the building, like so many others in Gettysburg, became a field hospital.
When the Methodist church moved to another location in 1871 the building was vacant – until, in 1880, a group of Union Civil War veterans acquired the building and created the Corporal Johnston H. Skelly Post No. 9 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The hall then passed to the Sons of Union Veterans in the 1930, before HGAC bought the building in 1988 as its headquarters.
The event is free and open to all.