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

I shall leave the place better than I found it.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

—National Park Service —

 
I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
1. I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker
Inscription.
The fields in front of you demonstrate Eisenhower’s skill in farming. Using a system of crop rotation and contour plowing, Eisenhower slowly improved the productivity of the land. To prevent soil erosion and water run-off, fields were plowed perpendicular to the slope of the land. Soil nutrients were closely monitored and crops were rotated to rejuvenate the soil.

The President’s brother Milton recalled that Eisenhower “did a beautiful job of restoring productivity of the land. It became one of the most productive farms in the area.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.466′ N, 77° 15.88′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Eisenhower Farm Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. 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. A Herd of Modest Size (within 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
I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
2. I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker
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 an aerial photo of the Eisenhower Farm. The upper right side of the marker features a picture of a soil sample bag, with a caption of “Soil testing was critical to improving the farm’s productivity. Fertilizer, lime, and manure were applied to improve the soil.”
 
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. (Submitted on April 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
3. I shall leave the place better than I found it. Marker
Marker on the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
4. Marker on the Eisenhower Farm
Fields on the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
5. Fields on the Eisenhower Farm
One of the fields described on the marker is seen here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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