Highlights of the Gettysburg Base Ball Festival

American Battlefield Trust

In Gettysburg, an annual festival brings the 1864 version of “base ball” to players and spectators alike to consider the history behind the great American pastime.

This two-day July festival brings history alive in a way typical reenactments do not, as these 24 teams play 48 games across five ball fields, abiding by a historical set of rules for the sport we now know as baseball. The fields where they gather at the Schroeder Farm were used as a staging area for Pickett’s Charge and a post-battle field hospital; more recently, they were a filming location for the 1993 film Gettysburg and are routinely used for reenactments.

Read more about the Gettysburg Base Ball Festival here.