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December 4, 2011

Eisenhower National Historic Site!

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farm

Eisenhower National Historic Site.

In the 1950’s President Dwight D. Eisenhower bought a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania next to the National Military Park.  The farmhouse sat on one hundred-and-eighty-nine acres of land and later grew into two-hundred-and thirty acres of estate.

The original farmhouse that sat on the land was replaced and in its place, a Georgian home was built from the ground up.  The farmhouse was used as a weekend-get-away and a sometimes “temporary White House.”

Eisenhower’s farm was also used as a cattle ranch used to raise Angus beef.  The farm was even used as a meeting ground for political groups and foreign dignitaries.

The Eisenhower farm is open year-round.  You can’t get to the farm driving on your own, you have to go to the Visitor’s Center in Gettysburg and purchase tickets for the tour.  A shuttle bus actually takes you to the site.

 Tour of the farm is approximately one or two hours long.  The tour is a self-guided tour of the house.  The tour also includes an exhibit and a bookstore.  When your touring, you can also walk along the grounds, check-out the skeet range exhibit, or view a 20 minute program about Eisenhower’s life and work, guided by a park ranger.

Artifacts on display at the Eisenhower farm exhibit.