Saving History Saturday: Gettysburg Rehabilitation Work

Land stabilization and reclamation work began in March at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Work at Devil’s Den began on March 21st and is expected to take five to six months. This is the first of several projects, and areas of the park that will be closed to visitors during the duration of the work. There has been significant erosion to pathways, as well as the creation of unauthorized paths, that if not mitigated, will lead to long-term damage to the historic landscape. The roads and parking areas around Devil’s Den will remain open during this time.

The Little Round Top rehabilitation project is slated to being around the first of May (the actual date of the closure will be announced by the National Park Service, Check the Gettysburg website for updates). This will lead to the closure of not just the Round Top, but also of South Confederate Avenue (just past the Picnic Area exit), Sykes Avenue, Warren Avenue, and Wright Avenue. The project is expected to last approximately 18 months.

Little Round Top has seen significant erosion in recent years, and this work will address those issues, as well as update interpretive signage, trail routes, as well as parking and gathering areas.

Finally, all three of the observation towers at the park are scheduled to be temporarily and intermittently closed this weekend, April 11-13, for structural engineering inspections.

Information about all three of these projects, as well as other news from Gettysburg, can be found here.

About Terry Rensel

Terry is currently the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History/Political Science and Broadcast Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Bradford, PA. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. He also spent almost 25 years in public broadcasting, including 12 years living and working in Alaska.
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5 Responses to Saving History Saturday: Gettysburg Rehabilitation Work

  1. armytncsa says:

    No a good time to go to Gettysburg

  2. armytncsa says:

    Not a good time to go

  3. armytncsa says:

    However, great to hear those battlefield issues are being addresses.

  4. grandadpookers says:

    I am scheduled to go to Gettysburg 4/19-22. With the closures resulting from these fully justified projects, I will spend my time on Culp’s Hill, Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, and July 1. — more than enough to engage me fully.

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