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A Great Place to Live

What makes Gettysburg such a special place? Is it our Civil War heritage, our beautiful and productive countryside, our excellent schools, our welcoming community, our easy access to so many social and cultural activities? Gettysburg is special for all these reasons.

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Education

Gettysburg Area School District • Biglerville Road (717 334 6254) • The GASD offers a quality educational environment, modern facilities, and diverse curricula for students of all ages. The district has Adams County’s highest percentage of students moving on to postsecondary education and a drop-out rate of just 2.1%. Gettysburg Area Schools: A Great Place to Learn!

Gettysburg College • 300 North Washington Street (717 337 6000) • Founded in 1832 by abolitionist theologian Samuel Simon Schmucker and built in part on acreage provided by Fourteenth Amendment author Thaddeus Stevens, Gettysburg College is intimately connected to America’s history. Union soldiers retreated through the campus on the first day of the great battle of 1863, Pennsylvania Hall was a hospital for hundreds of wounded soldiers from both sides, and Gettysburg College students marched from campus to the nearby National Cemetery to hear President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Nearly a century later, another president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a trustee of Gettysburg College, wrote his memoirs in what is today the College’s admissions office.

Gettysburg College has grown into one of the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges, where some 2,500 students engage the past with eminent scholars, prepare for the future in state-of-the-art laboratories, and confront present-day problems through the College’s Center for Public Service. Students compete in intercollegiate sports (a dozen each for woman and men) and a wide range of intramural and club athletics, and express their individuality through extensive musical, visual arts, and theatrical programs. The College owns the Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg and plans to renovate the 1925 historic building into a performing arts center for the entire community. The Majestic is expected to reopen in November 2005, just in time to celebrate its eightieth birthday.

With a student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, the College offers 36 academically rigorous majors in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, as well as preprofessional preparation for law, medical, and business schools. Gettysburg College alumni include Novel Prize-winning cancer researcher Dr. J. Michael Bishop (’57), UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy (’63), and Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli (’63).

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg • 61 Seminary Ridge (717 334 6286) • A pioneer in Lutheran theological education, the Gettysburg Seminary carries out its teaching mission both rooted in the biblical and theological tradition and grounded in the context where ministries take place. Started in 1826, LTSG is the oldest of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Harrisburg Area Community College • 731 Old Harrisburg Road (717 337 3855) • HACC is an accessible, affordable, high quality, comprehensive, multi-campus community college which serves as a premier educational and workforce development institution. Quality instruction, supported by cutting-edge technology and business-industry collaboration, and offered in a learning-centered environment, provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to compete and excel in today’s global economy.

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Recreation

The 52-acre Gettysburg Area Recreation Park, located on Long Lane, is home to seven baseball diamonds, a football field, an outdoor amphitheatre, two basketball courts, tennis courts, two playgrounds, three pavilions, and a 20-station outdoor fitness trail. The park’s new recreation building, available for public use, houses the administrative office, a seasonal snack bar, restrooms, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The recreation department operates all year, with year round programming. For information on rentals and current programs, call (717) 334 2028 or send an email.

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Health Care

Gettysburg Hospital • 147 Gettys Street (717 337 4242) • Part of the WellSpan Health System, Gettysburg Hospital has become a comprehensive health care provider, with family health centers across the region, a women's health center, state-of-the-art surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitative medicine centers, home health services, a heart center (including a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab, cardiology services, and cardiac rehabilitation), behavioral health, and preventive health education and screening programs. The hospital also houses the Transitional Care Center, a subacute care unit which also offers adult respite care services.

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Farmers Market

Starting in May and running until September, the Farmers Market in Lincoln Square offers the finest in Adams County produce and farm products every Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.

About Main Street Gettysburg
Site funded in part by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Photography by Bill Dowling. Main Street Gettysburg, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the state of Pennsylvania, is committed to preserving and revitalizing historic Gettysburg for the benefit of businesses, citizens, and visitors. Our address is 116 Baltimore Street Gettysburg, PA 17325; 717 337 3491; email Main Street Gettysburg.
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