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Media Advisory: General Lee’s Gettysburg Headquarters House To Open For Arbor Day

(Gettysburg, Pa.) – On Friday, April 28, the Civil War Trust will hold a special open house at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters. 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.

In honor of the Arbor Day holiday, visitors will have the opportunity to view the property’s newly planted apple orchard. The headquarters building will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the grounds and interpretive trail are open from sunrise to sunset.

WHAT:        General Lee’s Gettysburg Headquarters Open House

WHEN:       Friday, April 28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:     General Lee’s Headquarters site, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg, PA

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. For more information, visit

The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  To date, the Trust has preserved 45,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states, including nearly 1,000 acres at Gettysburg. Learn more at


The Civil War Preservation Trust became the Civil War Trust in January 2011; the Civil War Trust became a division of the American Battlefield Trust in May 2018. Campaign 1776 was created in 2014 as an initiative of the Civil War Trust; in May 2018 it became the Revolutionary War Trust, a division of the American Battlefield Trust.