Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm
The farm has never looked better, mainly by virtue of the frequent gentle rains we have had since we have been here, and I have been happily renewing my acquaintance with my tiny Angus herd.
Eisenhower letter during recuperation from surgery, July 1956
The Eisenhower farm was the presidential and retirement home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, General of the Army and 34th President of the United States. Eisenhower purchased the 189-acre farm in 1950. After his election in 1952, the farm became his retreat where he relaxed with his family, raised prize-winning Angus cattle, and met informally with world leaders during those tense years of the Cold War. Having served two terms in office, Eisenhower retired to the farm in 1961 and lived there until his death in 1969. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower continued to reside at the farm until her death in 1979.
The farm’s role in the Civil War delighted Eisenhower – one of the reasons he chose to retire to Gettysburg was his love of its history. He enjoyed taking his guests on tours of the battlefield.
Since 1980, the farm has been managed by the National Park Service and is maintained as it was in Eisenhower’s day. Admission to the site is by shuttle bus only. Buses depart regularly from the National Park Service Visitor
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 47.995′ N, 77° 15.363′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is across the road from the observation tower. 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. Longstreet Tower - South View (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet Tower - East View (a few steps from this marker); The Ashland Virginia Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Lieut. General James Longstreet (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bedford Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); McLaws's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parker's Battery - Alexander's Battalion (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a modern day photograph of the Eisenhower farm, with the caption Today the Eisenhower National Historic Site comprises 690 acres.
Also see . . . Eisenhower National Historic Site. (Submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 6,099 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos: 1. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.