Anyway, Better Half LOVES Civil War history. He could literally teach a class on it. So when he realized that the battlefield at Gettysburg was only a two hour drive, he got really excited. In anticipation of the trip, he wanted the whole family to watch Gettysburg the movie (really?!... not exactly an upbeat film) and Lincoln (also) the movie (and also not upbeat). Thankfully, I managed to get really busy and avoid the Gettysburg foreplay.
So we hopped in the car and headed north, deep into the Yankee land of Pennsylvania. One of the first things we noticed about Gettysburg is that there's definitely a theme....
We arrived Friday night and settled into our hotel, which boasted a giant painting of Abraham Lincoln facing an equally giant painting of Jefferson Davis across the foyer. It was weirdly tense walking between those paintings...
On Saturday morning we naturally had to visit the Lincoln Diner for a tasty breakfast before heading out to the Gettysburg National Military Park to tour around. The Museum was amazing! It was neat, clean and beautifully arranged, with an awesome gift shop (the best part of any museum trip)!
The Museum also features an amazing cyclorama (a huge panoramic painting) of the Battle of Gettysburg. The painting was done in 1882 and depicts Pickett's Charge. It stands 42 feet tall and 337 feet wide. It's so huge that it's housed in this special building:
And on another morbid subject we also did this:
Y'all stay charming!