Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The John Rupp House and Tannery Site
The house on your left was constructed in 1868 for John Rupp. Described as “one of the finest on Baltimore Street, if not the town,” this Gothic Revival style “cottage” reflected the success of Rupp’s “Valuable Steam Tannery.” Located just north of the house, the tannery included a two-story tan shop, several bark sheds, a “finishing and drying shop” and a bark mill able to turn out “5000 hides a year.”
At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, a smaller two story brick house stood here. When the Confederates captured the town, the house was caught between the lines, and Rupp sent his wife and children to safety while he remained. In a letter to his sister afterwards, he noted that “Our men occupied my porch, and the rebel men the rear of the house, and I in the cellar . . . our house is pretty well riddled.”
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
Location. 39° 49.481′ N, 77° 13.869′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (U.S. BUS 15) and Steinwehr Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Baltimore Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Wagon Hotel on Cemetery Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Street - An Historic Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evolution of Gettysburg's "Common School" (within shouting distance of this marker); "if anyone showed himself..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Communications Through Music (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Unity Through Music (about 300 feet away); Confederate Stronghold (about 300 feet away); History of American Field Music (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains two photographs. One depicts the Rupp “cottage” shortly after it was built in 1868, and the other shows “The southside of the Rupp house on November 19, 1863.”
Also see . . . Rupp House. Gettysburg Foundation. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 3 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.