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

A Herd of Modest Size

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

—National Park Service —

 
A Herd of Modest Size Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
1. A Herd of Modest Size Marker
Inscription.
If I can, from time to time, add an animal . . . I can in this manner accumulate . . . a future herd of modest size.
          President Eisenhower


The farm grew as the herd grew. Originally housed in the bank barn (to your right), the growing herd needed more space. The addition of a loafing shed (across the barnyard) provided cows and calves with a place to get out of the sun or inclement weather. The maternity barn (to the left) sheltered sick or calving cows.

The maternity barn’s location near the farmhouse allowed herdsman Bob Hartley to check on ailing animals throughout the night. His attentiveness helped to avoid the loss of valuable cattle. By the 1960s The Eisenhower Farms boasted 100 cows with calves.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.464′ N, 77° 15.856′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Eisenhower Farm Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, next to the maternity barn. 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. I shall leave the place better than I found it. (within
A Herd of Modest Size Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
2. A Herd of Modest Size Marker
The loafing shed can be seen in front of the marker.
shouting distance of this marker); Ankonian has been invaluable. – President Eisenhower (within shouting distance of this marker); Second best, he didn’t want. – Robert Hartley, herdsman (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnyard Diplomacy (about 500 feet away); The Pond (about 500 feet away); Follow in the Footsteps (about 800 feet away); The Helicopter Landing Pad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guest House Railings (approx. 0.2 miles 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’s herdsman overseeing cattle in a corral. It has a caption of “Herdsman Bob Hartley (left) recalled that Eisenhower ‘was probably the easiest man you could ever imagine working for.’”
 
Also see . . .
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.
Marker on the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
3. Marker on the Eisenhower Farm
(Submitted on April 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Cows at the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
4. Cows at the Eisenhower Farm
The Eisenhower Farm still supports a modest herd of cattle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 230 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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