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

Dobbin House

Dobbin House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Zachary Hinton, August 2007
1. Dobbin House Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1776 by the Rev. Alexander Dobbin. In use for some 25 years as one of the first classical schools west of the Susquehanna River. It is now a museum refurnished in keeping with the early period.
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. (Marker Number 226.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraEducationLandmarks. In addition, it is included in the American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
Location. 39° 49.352′ N, 77° 13.951′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Steinwehr Avenue (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located on the sidewalk in front of the Dobbin House Tavern. It is also located near the Gettysburg Tour Center and part of the National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Dobbin House (a few steps from this marker); Freemasonry at Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 55th Ohio Infantry (about 400 feet away); Jennie Wade (about 500 feet away); “… your sister is dead.” (about 500 feet away); “The National Homestead at Gettysburg” (about 600 feet away); Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial (about 600 feet away); Gettysburg (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Regarding Dobbin House. The Dobbin House still operates as a restaurant, tavern, and store.

The Alexander Dobbin House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. This building is also one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

The oldest surviving structure in Gettysburg, the house was built in 1776 for Rev. Alexander Dobbin, the Reformed Presbyterian pastor of nearby Rock Creek Church. The house hosted a meeting
Dobbin House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Zachary Hinton, August 2007
2. Dobbin House Marker
of the Reformed Presbytery of North America in August 1776. From 1776 to 1805, Dobbin maintained a classical and theological school in his home. The exterior of the home has remained largely unchanged since its construction.

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Also see . . .
1. The Reverend Alexander Dobbin and the Historic Dobbin House. (Submitted on August 21, 2007.)
2. The Dobbin House. This is the official website for the Dobbin House. (Submitted on August 22, 2007, by Zachary Hinton of Carneys Point, New Jersey.) 
Additional keywords. tavern
The Dobin House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Zachary Hinton, circa August 2006
3. The Dobin House
This is the left half of the Dobbin House which is the original tavern and now serves (both upstairs and downstairs) as the Alexander Dobbin Dining Rooms which serve traditional colonial period food in different rooms in the original building, all furnished according to the period. The basement is used for the Spring House tavern where light food is served in a alehouse environment.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2007, by Zachary Hinton of Carneys Point, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,213 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2007, by Zachary Hinton of Carneys Point, New Jersey.   3. submitted on August 22, 2007, by Zachary Hinton of Carneys Point, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 29, 2024