Eisenhower National Historic Site

Overview

Elvis gyrated and McCarthy railed. School children ducked and covered, suburbanites dug bomb shelters. Everyone loved Lucy, and a retired general in the White House played golf and struggled to keep a third world war at bay. This is the life and the times reflected in Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. Eisenhower National Historic Site comprises 690 acres and includes four farms, three of which were used by President Eisenhower for his show herd of black Angus cattle. Today the farm is maintained as it was during the Eisenhower years and the President's home retains nearly all its original furnishings. With its putting green, skeet range, and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington. It's show herd of black Angus made this site a successful cattle operation and source of pride for the President. Follow in the footsteps of President Eisenhower and his many guests Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, President Charles De Gaulle, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Governor Ronald Reagan. Tour the home, grounds, barns, and cattle operation, preserved as they were in the days of the burgeoning civil rights movement, beatnik poetry readings, and pink tail-finned Cadillacs.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Summers are generally hot and humid. Winters are generally cold with variable precipitation.

Directions

Driving: 

Visitors arriving from the north and south can use US 15. From the east and west, visitors can use US 30. Shuttle buses to the site depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, approximately one mile south of Gettysburg on SR 134 (Taneytown Road), and US 15 business route (Steinwehr Avenue). Due to a lack of on-site parking and space limitations in the Eisenhower home, visits can only be made by a shuttle bus leaving from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and the first scheduled shuttle leaves at 9:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased on a first come, first served basis for the next available tour.

Public Transport: 

Access to Eisenhower National Historic Site is by shuttle bus only. Shuttle buses depart from the Gettysburg Visitor Center daily on a regular basis.