All around Gettysburg, there was a LOT of carved stone and ironwork ... little tiny details that you needed to take a minute and check out. Some I suspect were already part of the area ... others added as time went on.
The people of Gettysburg were in total shock after this huge battle happened in their town. There were so many things to deal with ... like putting the town back together. However, within a few days, they realized that this was an historical event and immediately made plans to preserve it. They set aside land for a national cemetary ... documented the battle ... collected artifacts.
These stone monuments to remember the various units who fought are amazing. The details weren't cut by lasers ... more like chisels and elbow grease. There are around 1400 of them. And they aren't all in places that are flat and easy to get to ... this one is at the top of Little Round Top ... a smaller version of a mountain. But look at the carving! So cool.
The Pennsylvania monument was at the top of a small hill in a large field. It was massive with fabulous stonework and scuptures. Lots of detail.
These were put together within a pretty short time after the Civil War ended. How did they get that statue up to the top of the dome?
Back in town, there were buildings that have stood the test of time ... like the Gettysburg Hotel ... it's been in the same location since 1797. Obviously spruced up but it had good bones! It was hard not to look at every little detail as we walked around ... you felt history and craftsmanship all over the place. The town is well preserved. An active, bustling town!
The clock on the town square was a massive amount of ironwork ... with accurate time according to my t-mobile check!
Buildings were painted historical colors. I loved the combination on this one ... the place next door was bright pink and cream ... teal and yellow were common up and down the street.
This place got more interesting the closer I got ... panel doors ... leaded windows ... wrought iron fencing.
But look at this door knob ... isn't this beautiful???
Totally loved everything about Gettysburg and can't wait to go back!