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

Agricultural Hall

 
 
Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
1. Agricultural Hall Marker
Inscription. On this site stood the agricultural and horticultural hall, built between 1867 and 1868 as part of the Adams County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds. For some nineteen years, the hall also served as the town's civic center where public lectures, plays, recitals, dances, and meetings were held. With the sale of the fairgrounds in 1886, the hall was converted to apartments and enlarged to accommodate hosiery and box factories between 1890 and 1908. The hall was razed in 1991.

One of the most famous significant events took place in the hall on 25 January, 1869, when the renowned African-American orator, Frederick Douglass, spoke to a "large and appreciative audience."
 
Location. 39° 49.707′ N, 77° 14.093′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West High Street and Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east on West High Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Street “Colored” School 1884-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); “ the battle itself proved a relief.” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stevens Log House

Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
2. Agricultural Hall Marker
This view shows the plaque and the boulder it is attached to.
(about 500 feet away); "...run home as quickly as you can." (about 500 feet away); First Home of Seminary and College (about 500 feet away); "...what in your life you will never see again." (about 600 feet away); John L. Burns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansAgriculture
 
Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
3. Agricultural Hall Marker
The marker is in the right area of the photo. This view looks east down West High Street.
Modern-Day Building at the Site image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
4. Modern-Day Building at the Site
This is the building that now occupies the site. View is looking towards the southeast. West High Street is on the left, and Franklin Street is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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