Looking for something new to do in Gettysburg? The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) preserves over one million historic records, photos and documents that tell the remarkable 300+ year story of our community – the stories you haven’t heard before that are often “hidden” right in plain sight. We offer free educational programs, tours and events all year for you and your family to enjoy.
With origins dating to 1888, ACHS preserves Adams County’s most precious documents, including vital records, church records, wills and estate papers, tax ledgers, deed books, family collections, 100,000+ photographs, artifacts, business and organization records and so much more. Our headquarters is also home to the Battle of Gettysburg Research Center, a library and archive assembled by and for “Gettysburg buffs” with an emphasis on the roles played by local civilians before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Plans are in the works for a new history center that will allow ACHS to tell our community’s full story. But for now, visit us at 368 Springs Avenue (The Wolf House) where you can browse our library and research your family history or your ancestor’s service during the Civil War. For anyone with a family connection to Adams County, ACHS is the place for you. We have thousands of research files and other resources that will help you complete your family tree. And if you’re curious about a historic property in the area, ACHS can help you find information about that, too. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are here to help you make incredible discoveries. As we like to say here at ACHS, “Your history is OUR history.”