reenacts in union and confederate garb in front of historic stone building
Lindsey Morrison

Living History Encampment

General Lee’s Headquarters

Open house at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg
American Battlefield Trust Event
June 30 - July 2, 2017

Mary Thompson House
401 Buford Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Friday, June 30*

10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm: Interpretation of the first day battle by our partners from the Seminary Ridge Museum

* Headquarters building will NOT be open 6/30

Saturday, July 1

10 am – 3 pm: Headquarters building will be open
10 am – 3 pm: Living History Encampment
10 am, 2 pm,  4:30 pm: Drill Demonstrations

Sunday, July 2

10 am – 3 pm: Headquarters building will be open 
10 am – 3 pm: Living History Encampment
10 am and 2 pm: Drill Demonstrations


In conjunction with anniversary programming and other special events throughout 2017, the Civil War Trust will hold open houses at the site of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg. The house and grounds, which served as Gen. Lee’s command center during the Battle of Gettysburg, was preserved by the Trust in 2016 as part of a $6 million acquisition and restoration project. Visit for details.

The Lee’s Headquarters building was purchased in trust by renowned abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens for Mary Thompson, who was the sole resident during the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Prior to its use as Lee’s command center, the property was the scene of brutal fighting on the first day of the battle, as Union forces attempted to check the Confederate advance on Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Animated Map

Watch the action at the Battle of Gettysburg come to life with the Civil War Trust's all new "animated map," featuring a compelling video presentation