- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

Gettysburg, just 80 miles from Washington, is an easy day trip. The sights there include the Gettysburg battlefield and its Soldiers' National Cemetery, the Lincoln Cemetery, the Eisenhower farm, an excursion railway and plenty of places to stop for lunch or overnight. Here's more information:

• Gettysburg National Military Park. Site of the July 1863 battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. This hallowed ground of nearly 6,000 acres saw the Union victory that turned back Gen. Robert E. Lee's last major effort to take the war into the North.

Park grounds are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily all year, with no entrance fee. Visitor center, 7 Taneytown Road, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily June through August and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September through May. See www.nps.gov/gett/pln-vst.htm or call 717/334-1124.

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• Soldiers' National Cemetery. Immortalized by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address of Nov. 19, 1863, this burial ground contains more than 7,000 graves, including more than 3,500 from the Civil War. Open dawn to sunset daily. No admission fee. See www.nps.gov/getc/index.htm or call 717/334-1124.

• Lincoln Cemetery. Lincoln Lane behind the Gettysburg Hospital, just west of the 300 block of S. Washington Street. It was established in 1867 as the Goodwill Cemetery and is the segregated resting place of 30 men who served the Union as U.S. Colored Troops, as well as of veterans of other American wars. See www.lincolncemetery.org or call the Lincoln Cemetery Project Association Inc. at 717/337-1335 or 717/337-1155.

• Eisenhower National Historic Site. The 230-acre farm adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park that the Eisenhowers bought in 1950 and made their home. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. $5.75 adults, $3.75 children 13-16, $2.50 children 6-12. Group fees available. Fee includes shuttle bus fare from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, the only way to reach the Eisenhower farm. See www.nps.gov/eise or call 717/338-9114.

• Gettysburg Scenic Railway. 106 N. Washington St. Round trip of 1 hour 45 minutes from Gettysburg to Aspers. August train departs at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday. September train departs at 2 p.m. Saturday. Special Civil War Train Raids 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and 15, which run at 10:00 a.m. $20 adults, $10 for children 4-15. Free for children 3 and younger. See www.gettysburgrail.com, or call 717/334-6932.

• Ernie's Texas Lunch. 58 Chambersburg St. A fixture since 1921, the popular lunch spot features the "Texas Hot Wiener" and a menu that hasn't changed much since the 1930s. 6 a.m.-7:30 pm. Monday through Saturday, until 8:30 p.m. Friday. Closed Sunday. 717/334-1970.

• The Lincoln Diner. 32 Carlisle St., across from the train station. All American food. Pies recommended. 717/334-3900.

• The Gettysburg Hotel. One Lincoln Square. It's now a Best Western hotel and was a favorite dining spot for the Eisenhowers. See www.gettysburg-hotel.com, or call 717/337-2000 or 800/528-1234.

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