OK, all you Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stacey Bentley fans, visit the Weightlifting Hall of Fame in York, Pennsylvania. The hall of fame is located in York Pennsylvania at 3300 Board Road.
Sponsored by York Barbell Company, the museum has 8,000 square feet of floor space. You’ll see the vast and rich history of the weightlifting sport from as early as Greek Olympic events to the modern rise of female strength athletes. There is no charge to enter the hall of fame and you can go on a self-guided tour with a printed tour guide. Learn all about weightlifting and its various classes including powerlifting and bodybuilding. This is a great attraction for all you budding weightlifters. Don’t miss it the next time you come to Gettysburg Pennsylvania. York is a short 40 minute drive.
One of the favorite attractions of visitors to the Gettysburg Pennsylvania area is the Appalachian Brewing Company. Located on Buford Avenue in Gettysburg, the restaurant and bar are an extension of the original brewing company located in Harrisburg. Still, the beer is great and the food is awesome.
The Gettysburg microbrewery doesn’t schedule tours, but you can stop in and take a “guided visit.” There is also an ABC in Camp Hill Pennsylvania just a short stretch up the road between Gettysburg and Harrisburg. However, if you really want to see a site then show up at the Harrisburg plant at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a schedule tour. Be early because many times they have more tourists than they can handle and you’ll have to wait a week.
The Harrisburg Appalachian Brewing Company is located at 50 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg. For more information on touring the facility call 717-221-1080.
Just a hop and a skip from Gettysburg Pennsylvania, in York County, is the York County Heritage Rail Trail. The trail runs 21 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line to New Freedom, running through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, Seven Valleys, and York. The Colonial Courthouse, one of the great historic places to see in the area, sites on the trail as well. The train is still operational today and provides a great tour of the countryside from Maryland to York.
It is highly recommend to tourists and visitors to the Gettysburg area to experience the York County Heritage Rail Trail.. If you have an extra day set aside for your trip you’ll want to visit the York County Heritage Rail Trail. It’s more fun and awe-inspiring with a personal visit.
Visitors to Gettysburg, Pa. often don’t realize the many great things you can do here without visiting the battlefield. Of course, I’m not saying you shouldn’t see the bloodiest ground on the face of the earth. I’m just saying don’t stop there and stay. Here are 10 other wonderful things to do while in town:
- Ski Liberty – Just a couple of miles out of town and slopes for the entire family.
- Visit the National Apple Museum - Located in Biglerville, just a stone’s throw away from Gettysburg. A must see for the whole family using a pre-Civil War built barn as a museum to honor the nation’s fruit.
- Eisenhower Farm – Actually located in Gettysburg and one of the favorite sites among visitors to Gettysburg.
- Take a ghost tour – I think Gettysburg has more ghost tours than we have ghosts. Really. It’s not hard to find a ghost tour in Gettysburg any time of the year. And it’s something you’ve got to do at least once.
- Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing - Located in York Springs, Pennsylvania near the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, this museum houses vintage racing cars and memorabilia of one of America’s favorite sports.
- Go on a scenic train ride - For 75 minutes, or three hours if you prefer, you can take a train tour through Adams County and see the beautiful landscapes from a different perspective.
- Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – Like music? Like Bluegrass music? Then you can enjoy great Bluegrass music twice a year at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Takes place between Gettysburg and Fairfield in the spring and fall each year.
- Golf - The Links at Gettysburg is an 18-hole golf course carved out of indigenous red rock formations and meandering streams.
- Visit Washington D.C. - The nation’s capital is just a two-hour drive away.
- Ride a Harley – Every year, thousands of bike riders descend upon Gettysburg for Bike Week. You can join them.
There are lots more things to do in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Don’t wait for an invitation. Plan your next trip now.
Happy New Year from Gettysburg Pennsylvania Blog!
It seems that some ghost tour companies may be evading borough tax levies. At least, some borough officials think so. I read this in the local newspaper Gettysburg Times.
I don’t know what the penalty is if the borough decides that some of these companies aren’t paying local taxes, but I’d bet they won’t be doing business any more. The borough evidently has a right to audit the companies and it seems they are considering this. If they do so and find that taxes aren’t being paid then we could see a shake down. The tax money owed will likely be confiscated (though I don’t know how a local borough government will be able to handle that without a court’s assistance) and some of the companies will have to decide whether or not it is profitable to stay in business. This may or may not be good news for tourists. I’m sure the ghosts could use a little respite.
If you’re planning a visit to Gettysburg Pennsylvania in February 2009, keep in mind two local museums as must sees: Shriver House Museum and David Wills House.
The Shriver House Museum tells the story of civilians during the Battle of Gettysburg. The house was built just before the war started and sat vacant, except for several families of wild cats, until 1996 when the house was rebuilt and research went underway to discover the story of this old structure. You’ll definitely want to visit this museum on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14. The Shriver House Museum will host a Restoration Tour on both dates at 7 p.m.
Just a few blocks away, in downtown Gettysburg, David Wills House will host its grand opening on February 12, 2009 in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
David Wills invited Abraham Lincoln to stay at his house when the president came to Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln finished writing his speech in the David Wills House guest bedroom. You can learn more about that story by visiting the David Wills House and taking the grand opening tour on February 12.
You may first know Jeff Shaara for his cooperative effort with his father Michael Shaara; together they brought the Civil War into comfy chairs all across the country. The two partnered to renderÂ the thrilling Civil War trilogy: “Killer Angels,” “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure.”
Maybe books aren’t for you, but you’ve sat through all 261 minutes of Martin Sheen’s Gettysburg, or you’ve memorized all the lines to General Stonewall Jackson’s first brigade speech in the 2003 prequel Gods and Generals.Â Either way, Shaara’s ability toÂ weave history into fiction has been capturing audiences for over a decade. In his newest novel, “Steel Wave,” Shaara trades Longstreet andÂ Gettysburg forÂ Eisenhower and Omaha Beach as he uses his pen to recapture the Allied invasion of France on D-Day 1944.
You cannot miss this opportunity to meet Jeff Shaara at the Gettysburg Gift Center on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Jeff will oblige history buffs and fiction freaks alike, adding his autograph to his recently released WWII novel.
The Gettysburg Gift Center is located in the Gettysburg Museum,Â 297 Steinwehr Ave. For more information you can call the museum at 717-334-6245.
This afternoon, my wife and I took the family to see the Pennsylvania state Capitol building in Harrisburg. We went with my grandson’s Cub Scout troop.
When we first planned to make our visit I though it would be just like any other state Capitol. Being from Texas, I’ve had several chances to see that Capitol building, which is huge in comparison, but nowhere near the work of art. The Pennsylvania Capitol was built in 1906 and cost $13 million to build. In 1906, $13 million would have been a fortune. There aren’t enough zeros in the solar system to cover what that would be in today’s dollars.
From the green glazed terra cotta tile on the outside roof to the inlaid 24-karat gold ornaments on the inside chambers, the Capitol building is a site to see. I’m sure the Senate and House chambers would have been 10 times more beautiful had there been sunlight instead of cloudy skies as the stained glass windows were incredible.
Architect Joseph Huston blended Greek, Roman, and Victorian styles to create a masterful Renaissance-era architectural work of art in the state’s capital. I highly recommend a visit to the Capitol building while you are in Gettysburg. Harrisburg is straight up Hwy. 15 about 40 miles. It’s worth the drive.
Are you struggling to find plans for the weekend? If youâ€™re in to the strange and often times disturbing world of the underground, then you may want to join some fellow horror hopefuls on November 14 and 15 at a ghastly event sponsored by the Chestnut Hall Bed and Breakfast in New Oxford, PA: A Ghost Hunterâ€™s Weekend Pursuit.
After you check in to the hotel of your choice on Friday evening, you may never leaveâ€¦I mean, youâ€™ll head over to the Beechmont Bed and Breakfast in Hanover to get a personal look at some genuine ghost hunterâ€™s equipment. After examining the tools of the trade, you travel to the haunted Bechtel Victorian Mansion in East Berlin where you and your associate spirit seekers will unite with Allen Gross, renowned Spirit Photographer, and youâ€™ll listen in as he explains how photography is used in exploring the paranormal.
Saturday morning is up to you: explore the battlefields, visit the outlets, take a walking tour of downtown Gettysburg, or do some ghost hunting of your own. After your personal adventure, reconvene with the group for a nice dinner at the Atland House in Abbotstown. Following your meal of Crab cakes, Chicken Chesapeake, or New York strip steak, you will head to Chestnut Hall for a lecture by psychic mediums Allyson and Adele. The twins will discuss all things psychic in paranormal investigations.
After the lecture, Steve McNaughton, Allen Gross, and the Psy-dentical twins Allyson and Adele will lead you through the haunted streets of New Oxford. As you wander through town your guides will recount the tails that few are brave enough to tell, and perhaps an authentic ghost hunt will arise.
The Ghost Hunterâ€™s Weekend Pursuit is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the amenities of a cozy inn while at the same time exploring the world of the unknown. Advanced registration is required so hurry up and find more information by contacting the Inn Keepers, Tina and Steve McNaughton at 717-624-8988 or toll free 1-888-886-5660.
Every Halloween you see and hear guests from all over the world walking the streets in Gettysburg looking for ghosts, ghouls, and the undead. I’ve heard of people actually finding the undead in Gettysburg. It turns out those were just local children.
Well, there are ghost tours aplenty and they seem to be quite popular this time of year. One tour, though, isn’t a walking tour. It’s a riding tour.
Blue Moon Hauntings uses a trolley to wheel tourists around Gettysburg looking for ghosts and it’s caught on as quite a popular little surprise. The tour takes about an hour-and-a-half and covers six miles in and around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The tours run Thursday through Sunday and are great fun for the entire family.
Sorry, dead relatives are not welcome. Gettysburg ghosts don’t like competition.