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

The Pond

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

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By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
1. The Pond Marker
Inscription.
When Eisenhower would come (to the farm), and especially if he had a hard day or a hard week at the office, . . . we’d walk down by the flag pole all the way down to the creek, over to the pond.
          CPO Walter West, U.S. Navy, who was assigned to Camp David as a horticulturalist and did landscape work at the farm.


Shortly after Eisenhower bought this property, a pond was created near this spot to provide water for fire protection and reduce insurance costs. A weir diverted water to it from the nearby creek and an overflow pipe sent water back into the creek.

With its lily pads and fish, the pond added interest to the landscape. But its water level fell during a drought in the early 1960s, and it was gone by 1964. Only the weir and overflow pipe remain.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.55′ N, 77° 15.841′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Eisenhower Drive. Click for map. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, along the path to the cattle barns. 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. Follow in the Footsteps
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
2. The Pond Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Helicopter Landing Pad (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Guest House Railings (about 500 feet away); The Guest House (about 500 feet away); A Herd of Modest Size (about 500 feet away); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (about 500 feet away); The Stables (about 500 feet away); Secret Service Office (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photo of the Eisenhower farm in the spring of 1955. It includes a caption of “Stocked with bass, perch, bluegill, and crappie, the pond was also home to a variety of waterfowl, including wood, mallard, muscovy, and Rouen ducks, as well as swans and geese.”
An inset photo at the right side of the marker has a caption of “In this photo, the Eisenhowers’ grandson, David, and the President’s valet, Sgt. John Moaney, are shown fishing at the pond in August 1954.”
 
Also see . . .
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By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
3. The Pond Marker

1. Eisenhower National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Biography of President Eisenhower from the White House website. (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Marker at the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
4. Marker at the Eisenhower Farm
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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