Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Tour the President's home, enjoy a self-guided walk around the farm, or join a park ranger for an exploration of 1950s Secret Service operations or a look back at WWII and Ike's problems as Supreme Commander. Visit the virtual multi-media exhibit that celebrates Dwight D. Eisenhower, his military career, wartime leadership, and popular presidency; and the exuberant, trend-setting First Lady Mamie. Have an intimate visit with Ike and Mamie in their comfortable home, and see Ike's successful cattle operation at Eisenhower Farms. The Farm still maintains a herd of black Angus cattle. It is also home to a variety of wildlife including several threatened species.

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Hours

Summer Hours

April - October. Access to the site is only available via the shuttle bus leaving from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Shuttle buses depart every hour, 9 am - 4 pm.

Standard Hours

Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

March/November/December Hours

Visits to Eisenhower NHS can be made only by shuttle buses that depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Shuttle bus departure times from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center vary depending on season. The site is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. During the winter season there are days that the site is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather. Call 717-334-1124 for the latest information on park closings.

Standard Hours

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Winter Hours

January - February In Jan. and Feb., visitors may drive their personal vehicles to the site, with the exception of Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 18-19 when the shuttle will be in operation. House tours are offered Fri. through Mon. only at 10 am and 2 pm. The grounds are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm for self-guided tours. The Eisenhower home will close for several weeks in February.. During the winter season there are days that the site is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather. Call 717-334-1124

Standard Hours

Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Daily Fees:

2017 Daily Fees

$9.00, Adults (13 years and older)
$5.00, Youth (6 - 12 years of age)
$5.00, Group (6-12, 16+ people)
$7.00, Group (13 years and older, 16+ people)
Free, Children (5 and under)

The fees cover shuttle bus; access to the Eisenhower home, grounds, and reception center; and all programs on the site.

Activities

  • Orientation Tours
  • House Tours
  • Junior Secret Service Program
  • Exploring Eisenhower
  • Ike and the Men of D-Day Program
  • Audio Tour
  • Self-Guided Tours (Grounds, Farm Walking, Skeet Range)
  • Eisenhower Exhibits and Video

Facilities

  • Book Store
  • Skeet Range
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Restrooms
  • Eisenhower Home
  • Orchard
  • Working Farm

Accessibility

For Those with Mobility Impairments
The Eisenhower shuttle bus (equipped with a wheelchair lift), the first floor of the Eisenhower home, the grounds, the restrooms, and the Reception Center are all wheelchair accessible. Visitors using wheelchairs may arrange to follow the shuttle bus in their private vehicle and park in the site handicapped parking area by notifying the cashier at the Visitor Center ticket counter. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the site

For Those with Sight and Hearing Impairments
Wayside exhibits, some with audio stations, enhance the experiences of both the visually and hearing impaired. The site's farm and grounds audio tour is captioned and a written text is available for visitors' convenience. A ten minute video of Eisenhower's life regularly shown in the Reception Center is captioned, and there is a captioned message board on the shuttle bus for the bus audio narration. Assisted listening devices for both the video and bus narration are also available.

Pets

With the exception of service animals functioning in their work capacity, pets are not allowed on the shuttle bus nor on the site.

History

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s association with the town and battlefield of Gettysburg began in the spring of 1915 when, as a cadet at the US Military Academy at West Point, he visited with his class to study the battle. Three years later during the First World War, Capt. Eisenhower found himself back in Gettysburg with his wife Mamie and their first son. Despite his hope for duty overseas, he had been appointed commander of Camp Colt, the US Army Tank Corps Training Center located on the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Eisenhower’s orders were, “To take in volunteers, equip, organize, and instruct them and have them ready for overseas shipment when called upon.”

At war’s end Eisenhower left Gettysburg for a new assignment, one of many in a 31 year career in which he rose to the rank of five star general. After World War II, while president of Columbia University, the General and his wife returned to Gettysburg to search for a retirement home. In 1950, fondly recalling Camp Colt days, they bought a 189 acre farm adjoining the Gettysburg Battlefield from Allen Redding who, according to son Raphael Redding, "was always very proud of the fact... that he sold to General Eisenhower." The Eisenhowers' retirement was delayed, however, when the General left for Europe to assume command of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Eisenhower returned home to run for the Presidency in 1952. To kick off his Pennsylvania campaign, he welcomed state Republican leaders to a picnic at the farm.

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Last updated: March 17, 2017
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