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The George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital Opens June 26

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The Gettysburg Foundation will open the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital on Friday, June 26, 2020. The site will be open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.

Admission to the site is included with the purchase of a ticket to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center programs, and access to the site is free for those with a Friends of Gettysburg membership. The experience will be outdoors, and docents will be available for questions.

The farm served as a field hospital during a 1863 Civil War battle, providing more than 1,900 Union and Confederate soldiers with care. The site also served as an artillery reserve, ammunition reserve, provost guard and a temporary cemetery for all soldiers. The Gettysburg Foundation acquired the Spangler Farm property in 2008.

“We are excited to reopen this historic site,” Coordinator Paul Semanek said. “We know the experience will be different this year; however, our open-air setting provides an authentic experience while being mindful of visitor safety.”

The site will also host the Gettysburg Foundation’s executive leadership program, called In the Footsteps of Leaders®.

“The property is both a step back in time and a classroom for today’s leaders,” Brian Klinzing, Gettysburg Foundation senior director of partnerships, said. “Through the generosity and efforts of donors, Friends, philanthropic foundations and corporate partners, the award-winning restoration efforts on the summer kitchen, smokehouse and Pennsylvania bank barn are truly remarkable.

In accordance with state, federal and CDC mandates, visitors, staff and volunteers will need face coverings in enclosed areas on the property and should follow appropriate social distancing guidelines.

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