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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lincoln Square Building

Formerly Hotel Gettysburg

 
 
Lincoln Square Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, January 14, 2010
1. Lincoln Square Building Marker
Inscription. Since the founding of Gettysburg this has been the site of successive inns -- Scott's Tavern, The Indian Queen, The Franklin House and the McClellan House, which Col. John McClellan and his family operated prior, during and after the battle. The first Hotel Gettysburg was operated successively by the Dillers, the Millers, the Zinns and the Gilmores.

Immediately preceding the 50th anniversary of the battle in 1913, the second Hotel Gettysburg took form and was operated by the Rings. For 50 years until its closing in 1964 it was directed by two generations of the Scharf family who enlarged and completely modernized it in 1925.

During this period Hotel Gettysburg achieved national and international prominence. It entertained most of the notables visiting this shrine. Frequently during President Eisenhower's two terms it was headquarters for the Presidential staff, the White House correspondents, visiting dignitaries and journalists and housed an official White House press room and communications center. In August 1959, during a working vacation, the President's office was in the hotel.

On January 21, 1961, the day after his retirement from office, President and Mrs. Eisenhower were greeted by thousands of Adams Countians in front of the hotel. This was followed by an equally enthusiastic welcome home dinner
Lincoln Square Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 7, 2013
2. Lincoln Square Building Marker
in its main dining room.

The Eisenhowers were the last diners to be served on December 14, 1964 when Hotel Gettysburg ceased operations later becoming the Lincoln Square Building.
 
Location. 39° 49.872′ N, 77° 13.849′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Lincoln Square. Click for map. The marker is attached to the outside wall of the Hotel Gettysburg/Lincoln Square Building on Lincoln Square. It is on the wall that faces toward the West. Marker is at or near this postal address: #1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "by the skin of our teeth" (here, next to this marker); Old Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); The Wills House (within shouting distance of this marker); "... It was enough to frighten us to death!" (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wills House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wills House (within shouting distance of this marker); "It seemed so awful..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Return Visit (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
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Markers in front of the Gettysburg Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
3. Markers in front of the Gettysburg Hotel
The Gettysburg Hotel, Lincoln Square image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, January 14, 2010
4. The Gettysburg Hotel, Lincoln Square
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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