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

Agricultural Hall

 
 
Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
1. Agricultural Hall Marker
Inscription.  On this site stood the agricultural and horticultural hall, built between 1867 and 1868 as part of the Adams County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds. For some nineteen years, the hall also served as the town's civic center where public lectures, plays, recitals, dances, and meetings were held. With the sale of the fairgrounds in 1886, the hall was converted to apartments and enlarged to accommodate hosiery and box factories between 1890 and 1908. The hall was razed in 1991.

One of the most famous significant events took place in the hall on 25 January, 1869, when the renowned African-American orator, Frederick Douglass, spoke to a "large and appreciative audience."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture. A significant historical date for this entry is January 25, 1869.
 
Location. 39° 49.707′ N, 77° 14.093′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West High Street and Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east on West High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this

Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
2. Agricultural Hall Marker
This view shows the plaque and the boulder it is attached to.
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marker. Franklin Street “Colored” School 1884-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); “… the battle itself proved a relief.” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The "Jack" Hopkins House (about 400 feet away); The Stevens Log House (about 500 feet away); "…run home as quickly as you can." (about 500 feet away); First Home of Seminary and College (about 500 feet away); "…what in your life you will never see again." (about 600 feet away); St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Agricultural Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
3. Agricultural Hall Marker
The marker is in the right area of the photo. This view looks east down West High Street.
Modern-Day Building at the Site image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 10, 2011
4. Modern-Day Building at the Site
This is the building that now occupies the site. View is looking towards the southeast. West High Street is on the left, and Franklin Street is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2011, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2011, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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