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Description - The farm designated Eisenhower National Historic Site is the only place President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower ever called home. In 1950, the Eisenhowers purchased the Allen Redding farm adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park. During his Presidency, they used the farm as a weekend retreat, a refuge in time of illness and a comfortable meeting place for world leaders. From 1961 to 1969, it was the Eisenhower's home during a vigorous and active retirement. In 1967, President and Mrs. Eisenhower deeded the farm to the United States to be administered by the National Park Service as the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

Attractions - The farm designated Eisenhower National Historic Site is the only place President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower ever called home. In 1950, the Eisenhowers, looking forward to retirement, purchased the Allen Redding farm adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park. The original 189 acre farm was transformed by stages into the 230 acre country estate of the 34th President of the United States. During his Presidency, President and Mrs. Eisenhower used the farm as a weekend retreat, a refuge in time of illness, and a comfortable meeting place for world leaders. From 1961 to 1969, it was the Eisenhower's home during a vigorous and active retirement. In 1967, President and Mrs. Eisenhower deeded their farm to the United States to be administered by the National Park Service as the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

Recreation - The reception center, at one time the Secret Service Office, now houses a bookstore and visitor rest rooms. The center has exhibits of Eisenhower's life, from his boyhood days in Abilene, through the military and presidential years, to his retirement years at his Gettysburg farm.

A tour of the Eisenhower home, which includes nearly all its original furnishings, offers an intimate glimpse into the life and times of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. An illustrated brochure, available at the Visitor Center, provides a self guided tour of the grounds. The farm walking tour explores the Black Angus cattle operation that President Eisenhower proudly showed off to visiting world leaders. Regularly scheduled ranger programs are conducted seasonally. Education programs for schools are offered in the spring and fall. "Eisenhower, a Five Star American" is a two hour program for grades 5-12. "Conflict, A Visit by a World Leader" targets grades 7-12 and is 1 3/4 hours in length. Both programs are free of charge and require registration. For additional information call (717) 338-9114.

Visitors using wheelchairs should inquire about special arrangements when purchasing their tickets at the Visitor Center.

For group reservations call (717) 334- 4474, daily 8 am - 5 pm. School groups may take the standard tour or register for one of the special educational programs.

SPECIAL EVENTS
June 10 - 11 -- Fabulous Fifties Weekend
June 15 - August 10 -- Hike with Ike
July 30 - August 4 -- The Eisenhower Academy
September 16 - 17 -- World War II Weekend
October 28 -- Eisenhower Seminar

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The historic area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania travel US 15 south about 20 miles to SR 116. Head west on SR 116 just a few miles and you will see signs to the historic site.


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Contact Information:
Eisenhower National Historic Site, 97 Taneytown Road , Gettysburg, PA, 17325-2804, Phone: 717-338-9114, Fax: 717-338-0821
, eise_site_manager@nps.gov

Additional Information:
Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -

Links:
Eisenhower National Historic Site - Official agency Website

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