08.12.16 President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Home and Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

20160811_124016Friday, August 12, 2016 – Thursday Roy and I headed over to the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center planning to see the battlefield and then go to President Eisenhower’s home.  When we arrived we found out that the shuttle bus going to Pres. Eisenhower’s home was leaving in 10 minutes so we bought tickets for that and headed to the bus stop.  The tickets for Eisenhower’s home and farm are $7.50 each for adults. No Senior discount 😦


20160811_124227You have to take the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the home or you can’t go.  You cannot just pull up there at the Eisenhower home and see it. You have to buy that ticket at the Visitors Center and then take the shuttle.

20160811_125358We started our time there attending a 15 minute presentation by a young lady about the history of the Secret Service and their relationship with the Eisenhower family.  Very interesting presentation.  We learned a lot and enjoyed being in the shade of a big tree with a nice breeze going by.

20160811_134655This is the guest house where famous dignitaries would stay when they visited President Eisenhower at the farm.


We then joined a small group outside of the Eisenhower home where we learned a lot about the home before going inside.

20160811_135110 ENHS-slide10 They say that most everything in the house is in its original form.  It is very well preserved and looks like an ordinary family’s large home.  It was so very cool to know we were walking through rooms and up/down stairs that the President and his family walked through and lived in for many years.


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President Eisenhower was in office when I was born so I’ve always felt a connection to him.  He was a much loved President which was nice to hear compared to the feelings for recent Presidents now.

We toured a good bit of the property on foot and saw barns and crops being grown.  The grounds are beautiful.  They have a big windmill similar to the one we had on Hinson Road in Hammond.


Ending our time there, in the Reception area, Roy found a Rosie the Riveter puzzle for me and we got it! There was a nice display of artifacts and memorabilia there.20160811_144455 20160811_144604We took the shuttle bus back to the Visitors Center where we did some shopping and purchased the CDs for the Self Guided Audio driving tour.   We started along the path for the tour but soon realized that if the tour is 2-3 hours long we wouldn’t end it until really late, and we were hungry!

We ganged up on old Abe Lincoln at the Visitor Center for a little one on one time!

20160811_153556 20160811_153715We ate a delicious buffet dinner at General Pickett’s buffet.  Little piggies that we are we filled up well!!!

We’ll get up early tomorrow and be on the road for the battlefield tour by 9 when we’re fresh and perky!

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08.09.16 A day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

20160807_110035Tuesday, August 9, 2016 –  On Sunday we arrived mid afternoon at Quakerwoods Campground in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  On Monday we toured Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We first went to the Independence Visitors Center where we picked up our tour tickets for Independence Hall.  It is located on Independence Mall at 6th and Market streets.  The tickets were free but since they say they sell out fast I went online and purchased them for a $1.50 each fee.  Still feels almost free. Instead of parking in the garage there Roy parked on the side of the building and I ran in to pick up our tickets.


We then went to Independence Hall (about a block or two away).  Independence Hall holds monumental significance to the development of our nation. In 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the building’s Assembly Room. Just 11 years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution.

First you go through the security tent where your pocket and purse contents are x-rayed.


Photos of the exterior of Independence Hall.  Check out my new red shirt, I’ll write more about that later!

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Before the tour we entered the East Wing where we were told all about what we were going to see.  The painting below is a recent reproduction of the original scene.



Silver inkstand used for the signings.20160808_142351

The original Declaration of Independence is in Washington.  This one is one of the 100 copies made from the original when it was first signed.  It is under very dim light and no flash is allowed20160808_142301

This is the room where the Declaration of Independence was put together and signed.  The objects on the table were actually used by the signers.   This room is the background on the 2 dollar bill.  Roy had one in his wallet and brought it out for all to see!20160808_140851 20160808_140832 20160808_140751 20160808_140708

This courtroom is across the hall.  The first photo is where the accused or the prisoner stood during the trial.  This is where the term “standing trial” came from.  Cool!20160808_140502

The room itself is beautiful and very symmetrical.20160808_140329 20160808_140133 20160808_140128 20160808_140124 20160808_140057 We also toured Congress Hall (next door) where the first House of Representatives and first Senate met.  It’s a smaller version of the current halls of Congress. We saw the House of Representatives side, not the Senate side because that area was being worked on.

congress-hall-house-of-reps-5x720160808_144318 20160808_144517There are plenty of opportunities for touring the area.  Two of them are Ride the Duck and horse drawn carriage rides.  If you’ve  never done “Ride the Duck” I highly recommend it. We did it a few years back and loved it!  We still have our duck quacker!



Down the street was the Liberty Bell, originally used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings. It was later adopted by abolitionists, suffragists and Civil Rights advocates, making it a symbol used by many today. The bell, which is free to visit year-round, draws people from around the nation to snag a photo in front of the soaring glass walls overlooking Independence Hall.

The front of the bell with the famous crack.

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The other side of the bell without a crack.

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The beautiful flowery view behind the Liberty Bell looking towards Independence Hall.


20160808_152150We originally planned to visit next the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky made his triumphant run!  Then we planned to eat some real Philly Cheesesteak at a local restaurant. HOWEVER, right after I took the photo below Roy said “Honey, look at your left side.”  I did and saw that the entire left side of my brand new shirt (the one in the photos above) had burst open and there it all was!!!  I grabbed a hand full of shirt to cover up some and we changed all our plans.

20160808_153529 All of these streets in this area are like this or with small round stones in the street.  Guess they are both considered cobblestones.  Sure makes the cars bounce around! 20160808_153201

Next came the shock of finding out that the two hours we were there cost us $24 to park.  I was not a happy camper. The name of the parking garage was Curtis something.  DO NOT STAY THERE unless you are rich!


We found a Rite Aid where Roy bought safety pins for my torn blouse and hooked me all up.  A little tacky but I was no longer exposed!  We ate at Wendy’s and Roy was able to get a hair cut on our way home.

The home in Philadelphia in the areas we rode through were unique and I got photo shots of some of them.

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Lots looked like these two.  Rows after rows of these narrow two story homes.20160808_161733 20160808_162906

That’s it for our time in Philadelphia – it was a great day!

Now on to Gettysburg Battlefield Resort where we will live for two weeks.  Lots to see and do around there, can’t wait to get started!! A little of the sights on the road to Gettysburg.  Lots of farmland and we passed by the exit to Hershey, Pa!!!  Yum!!

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I am learning how to create my own scripture quotes so hopefully soon you’ll see some of God’s words in my creations!


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