(April 9) – This year’s season at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm will be the most dynamic yet as the plans of
the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association unfold on Hanover Street in Gettysburg.
“Our goal this summer is to make the Historic Daniel Lady Farm worthy of more than a single visit,”
said GBPA President Barb Mowery. “Through the dedication of Museum and Event Coordinator Mylinda
Wrightstone and Administrator Diana Forgett and our volunteers, we’re going to prove it.”
The season starts off April 14 with the re-opening of the Lady farmhouse after extensive repairs over
the winter to fix extensive damage caused when a pick-up truck barreled into the front sitting on Nov. 11.
Police said the driver had suffered a medical emergency but survived both the medical problem and the
impact of the crash into the fieldstone house.
Docents will guide visitors through the house and barn as they hear presentations about how the
buildings were used as a Confederate field hospital, learn about medical practices at the time and about the
advances at the Camp Letterman General Hospital established nearby following the battle.
The first feature event of the season is on May 5 when the Rebecca Lady Society hosts a formal tea and
Birthday Celebration in 1860's fashion.
The tea will honor Mrs. Rebecca Lady on what would be her 193rd birthday. The tables in the house
will be set in their finery with recipes, both period and contemporary, to tempt any palate.
One lady will be chosen as this year's Honorary Rebecca Lady and receive a basket of cheer to
remember the special day.
The cost is $10 per person. Tickets and more information can be obtained through the events page at
On May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reenactors and living historians will present displays, talks
and demonstrations spanning the major American conflicts from the Revolution, Civil War, World Wars I and
II, Korea, Vietnam and the conflicts in the Middle East.
At the same time, a Reenactors Trade Blanket and Market Fair will be taking place at the Farm. 12'x12'
spaces for rent at the fair are $20 and interested persons should e-mail email@example.com for more information.
On June 1, 2 & 3, the Historic Daniel Lady Farm will host the Women's Contributions & Challenges
Registered participants can spend the weekend surrounded by other women who share a curiosity
about the activities of women during the Civil War. Veteran female reenactors will share their knowledge,
skills and fellowship with women of all levels of experience, including those with an interest in stepping into
Participants will be invited to camp on the Historic Daniel Lady Farm with all the needs provided,
including tents, cots, and bedrolls set up ready for use! Women with their own gear can receive assistance in setting up their camp.
Those who prefer to not brave the elements are invited to commute from area Bed & Breakfasts, hotels,
motels, or private camp grounds.
Registration for the program is $15 per person. Registration information and more can be found
through the events page at: www.gbpa.org. The deadline for registration is May 15.
Gettysburg: The Medical Aftermath takes over the Historic Daniel Lady Farm on Aug. 25 and 26. The
weekend program will explore what the people of Gettysburg experienced in the days and weeks following
the 1863 battle in coping with the wounded, dying and dead.
A Confederate field hospital, the program at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm will focus on the medical
advancements made during the war and the many firsts that happened at the Camp Letterman General
Hospital just over the hill from the Farm. A number of these innovations are still used in medicine today.
The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in association with the U.S. American
For the first time, a cavalry reenactment will come to the Historic Daniel Lady Farm on Sept. 22 and 23.
The Brice’s Crossroads Attack from the Civil War’s Western Theatre will be a reenactment of the Mississippi
battle in June of 1864 when a contingent of Confederate cavalry under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest outflanked a superior Union force.
GBPA Vice-President of Operations Kirk Davis said there are already 45 mounted Southern reenactors
committed to the even and 25 dismounted troopers. Enlisted Union cavalry is currently at 20, with 20
dismounted troopers and about 35 infantry. In addition, about 45 living history participants and speakers will
enhance the weekend for visitors.
“This will be a great opportunity for people to get an up-close look at cavalry operations and how
troopers cared for and outfitted their mounts,” said Davis.
The $10 entry fee for people 16 and older includes a tour of the Daniel Lady farmhouse and barn,
which were a Confederate field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. There is no admission fee for children 15 and younger.
The event is still accepting reenactor registrations. The reenactor registration fee of $15 includes a
dinner for reenactors Saturday evening. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Except where noted, admission to the Historic Daniel Lady Farm and its tours is $10 for adults.
Children 15 and under are admitted free.
“We have the free admission for children 15 and under to make the Farm more affordable to families,”
said Mowery. “We especially want to encourage young people to learn about the Civil War, its sacrifices and
bravery, its impact on our nation and the enduring legacy of the American people, military and civilian,
involved in the Battle of Gettysburg,” said Mowery.
The season will conclude on Dec. 16 following two weekends of evening Candlelight Holiday Tours
of the Lady Farmhouse decorated for a period Christmas holiday season. Cookies and cider will be served.
Admission for the hourly tours will be $10 for adults with children 15 and under admitted free of charge.
In addition to its weekend programs for visitors, the Historic Daniel Lady Farm plays host year-round
to hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts who camp out on the Farm with their units. More on that program can be
found on the GBPA has a website at: www.gbpa.org.