Willis House, Gettysburg
Erected ca 1814, this building is the best know in Gettsburg. In 1863 it was the home of David Wills and family. Wills, a local attorney, is traditionally given credit as being the father of the Soldiers National Cemetery, for propsoing the Pennsylvania provide,....a common burial ground for the Union dead." This idea was supported by all the states whose sons died at Gettysburg and quickly implemented. President Abraham Lincoln was the overnight guest of David Wills on the eve of the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery. It was at the dedication ceremony on November 19, 1863, that Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. It is believed that Lincoln polished and rehearsed the brief text of his speech during his stay in this house: a speech which forever established the concept that our goverment is"...of the people, by the people, for the people."
Hours of operation are:
December-February: Thurs-Mon.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March-May: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June-August: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September-November: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Youth (6-18 years): $4.00
Group Reservations are available by calling 1-866-486-5735
See Presidents Lincoln's bedroom where in Nov. 1863, he completed the immortal "Gettysburg Address".
Hear the story of his 2 min. speech that inspired the nation in the middle of the Civil War.
In season 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.