Located among farmlands and the “Fruit Belt” of Pennsylvania, the historic town of Gettysburg draws both tourist and retirees. Well known for its historical significance during the Civil War, most importantly the Battle of Gettysburg (1863) and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, it is also home to the Gettysburg National Battlefield in the Gettysburg National Military Park. As a tourist and retirement destination, Gettysburg also offers beautiful countryside with apple orchards, peaches and vineyards, and is becoming popular as a farm-to-table community with its agricultural bounty. Situated in southern Pennsylvania and just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Washington D.C., the small town has a population of just under 8,00 residents and is home to Gettysburg College, Harrisburg Area Community College and United Lutheran Seminary. After he left the Whitehouse in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie retired to a farm near Gettysburg until his death in 1969. Photo of Gettysburg National Cemetery courtesy of Wikipedia and Henryhartley (public domain); photo of Perspective view of the main house of the Eisenhower Farm courtesy of Wikipedia and Jack E. Boucher (public domain).
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Where to Retire in Gettysburg and Home Prices
There are many types of housing offered in Gettysburg including active 55+ communities (See link at top right). Zillow reports the median home value to be $186,062, which is well below the national average. Museums, shops, hotels, and historical sites are located on the opposite side of town where Gettysburg College is located.
What Is Special about Gettysburg
Civil War buffs love Gettysburg with the many historical sites and buildings, museums, tours, and shops, but the ethnically diverse town also offers beautiful scenery with farmlands, parks and trails. Gettysburg is also home to a variety of artists, musicians, historians and colleges.
What Is Not Special about Gettysburg
The summer tourist season, and a lot of college students; property taxes are higher than in some other Pennsylvania counties.
Who Will Like Retirement in Gettysburg
Gettysburg is located in southern Pennsylvania and just a day trip to Washington D.C. or Baltimore. There are plenty of sites to visit, fruit farms in the surrounding area, activities and festivals to keep you entertained, and many volunteer opportunities. Gettysburg is both a walkable and bikeable community. It has a hospital, library, a regional airport, public transportation, and an active YWCA with exercise classes and an indoor swimming pool, and is located on the campus of the United Lutheran Seminary.
Local Economy Is Driven by
Tourism and education drive the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
January's average temperature is 31 degrees, and July's average is 76 degrees. Gettysburg gets about 25 inches of snow annually.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Gettysburg has many, many restaurants, some having over 1,000 great reviews on TripAdvisor.com which includes fine dining and cheap eats. Culturally, the historic scene is the main draw to Gettysburg, but there are also lectures, events and festivals hosted by the town and through the colleges located here. Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia are not all that far away for many more cultural activities.
The crime rate is a bit lower than the national average.
Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital is located here.
The small town is walkable and bikeable with many historical tours using bikes as a means to get around. YATA is the public bus system in Gettysburg, and there is a Rabbit Transit commuter bus to Harrisburg several times a day. Gettysburg has a regional airport, with the nearest international airports in Harrisburg about 50 miles away, or the Baltimore/Washington D.C. International Airport about 60 miles away.
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