Do not take a ghost tour if you find being yelled at by teenagers offensive. It is literally a past time of local high school kids to yell boo and stupid things. Take this from a past high school student.
Ok as a resident of Gettysburg for over 30 years here's a couple things.
1. Please don't ask "where's the park?" or "which way to the park entrance?". This is a 6,000 acre park! There is no entrance, it's everywhere. Instead ask how to get to either the visitors center or information center. This way you won't get any snickering from the person.
2.When entering the square(traffic circle) yield going in, not when you are in!
3. In Feb. 2009 trolley service will go from the visitor's center to downtown, the cemetery, and the museums on Steinwehr. I suggest you use this whenever possible. We have 2 million people visit each year and to be honest it gets quite congested in the summer!
A good number of historic buildings in town and scattered around the battle field are private residential homes. Just because there is a plaque or marker near or on the home does not give visitors permission to go take a look around. Treat these homes just as you would your neighbors house.
Locals become enraged at the sight of tourists allowing their children to climb on the park's monument and cannons for photos. Respect this sacred ground and have your family stand in front of these markers.
Please, unless you want to sound like some hick from the mountain, please please please pronounce Gettysburg "geteesburg". Saying "Gettisburg" will just get you laughed at. And yes, we say "all" meaning "all gone". But ive lived in Gettysburg all my life and have never heard someone say "onced". PA Dutch is spoken in Lancaster and surrounding areas. Take it from a local.
Few people know that France, even it was neutral and a not 'Slavery State' (since 1848 only), was rather pro South.
Why : we had more commercial links with South than North because of the cotton. But the main reason was : we were in Mexico attempting to maintain at the head of the country Maximilian, the Austria Emperor's brother, and we knew we had to leave if the North wan. According to the Monroe's principle, an European state might not have a base in America.
DID YOUR GRAND FATHER IN GETTYSBURG ? For me, I am sure, no. But you can have an ancestor (or several) who was on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
You may do the search at the visitors center if you know precisely his family name and his first name. You may also ask by mail : Military Service Branch - National Archives & Records Administration - 7th & Pennsylvania Avenue - Washington DC 20408. To know more, see : www.nps/gett/ancestors.htm
. Good luck.
GHOST STORIES: You will hear people swear they hear gunshots at night from ghosts haunting the battlefield.
BUT Be aware, hunting is not permitted on the battlefield, so during deer season the deer herd moves to the battlefield and so do the night poachers.
THEREFORE: YOU'LL HEAR 'HUNTING, NOT HAUNTING' AT NIGHT.
The park is closed at dark for safety reasons.
Brush up on your Pennsylvania Dutch before coming here. To disguise yourself as a local, the name of the town is pronounced 'Gettesburg', not 'Geteesburg'. There is a town east of here named Lancaster. It is not pronounced Lan-cas-ter, but Lank'-aster. Don't be offended if the waitress call you 'hon'' or calls you women 'girls'. When you're done eating, the food is 'all'. To do something one time, you do it onced (pronounced 'wunst').