Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership Provides Travel Package for Gettysburg 150th Commemoration

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Unique opportunity for history buffs to experience this once-in-a lifetime event.

Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment

The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg is one event not to be missed. Named as the Top Event for 2013 by the...

Interested travelers have a unique opportunity to be a part of history through the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s 150th Battle of Gettysburg Commemoration package. This once-in-a-lifetime experience for history buffs includes five nights lodging at the recently-renovated historic Gettysburg Hotel, breakfast at the hotel during the five-day stay, as well as two dinners at the hotel.

In addition to the lodging and meals, the package includes two tickets to the Salute to the States Gala at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center on Monday, July 1st (a $200 value). All guests will also receive two tickets to see director/producer Ron Maxwell’s new Civil War movie, Copperhead at the Majestic Theater on Thursday, July 3rd and enjoy dinner with the filmmaker. And finally, each room will receive a welcome gift that includes The Official Journey Through Hallowed Ground Travel Guide, a two-sided National Geographic Civil War map, one signed copy of the Blu-ray collector’s box set of Gettysburg and Gods & Generals, as well as a commemorative tote bag.

The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg is one event not to be missed. Named as the Top Event for 2013 by the American Bus Association, the commemoration features hundreds of events for attendees to enjoy, including reenactments, lectures, tours, movie screenings, concerts, and so much more. A complete calendar of events can be found at http://www.gettysburgcivilwar150.com/events.aspx.

The Battle of Gettysburg is considered by many as the turning point of the American Civil War. Many historians agree that it was on these hallowed grounds that our nation was saved. The Battle of Gettysburg changed the direction of the war and the morale of the nation. For three hot days in July 1863, this small Pennsylvania town was the scene of hard-fought battles, esteemed bravery and the bloodshed of 51,000 men. When the fighting ended, Gettysburg was crippled by the devastation and the thousands of wounded soldiers left behind. The 2,400 residents of Gettysburg were left with 22,000 dead and wounded soldiers, 5,000 dead horses and a town ravaged by war.

The Gettysburg Foundation’s Salute to the States Gala at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center on Monday, July 1st. This ticketed event includes a culinary tour of America featuring signature cuisine from various regions of the United States, Civil War-era ballroom dancing, living history performances by Confederate and Union Generals who share their experiences at Gettysburg, and is highlighted with a special performance by renown actor and playwright Stephen Lang. Lang will perform his solo piece, THE WHEATFIELD, in which he, in the character of Medal of Honor Recipient James Jackson Purman, relates the events that transpired at The Battle of Gettysburg on July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. The performance will be followed by the world premiere of the short film THE WHEATFIELD, written and acted by Lang and produced by filmmaker Jake Boritt. Following the film an onstage Q&A with Lang and the filmmakers will be hosted by the eminent Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer. Holzer will conduct the interview and invite questions and comments from the audience.

Inspired by actual events, the movie Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a righteous farmer from upstate New York who defies his neighbors and his government in the autumn of 1862. Beech, played by actor Billy Campbell, despises slavery yet opposes the war which earns him the designation of a “copperhead.” This is third civil war movie by Maxwell, who also directed and produced the movies Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

The price for each package is $2700 for single/$5000 for double in a traditional room and $3700 for single/$6000 for double in a hotel suite. This special offer is available for travelers with check-in on Sunday, June 30 and check out on Friday, July 5. A limited number of packages are available. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled historic, natural, and cultural landscape within the swath of land from Gettysburg to Monticello. For more information, or to purchase the package, visit http://www.hallowedground.org/gettysburg150 or call 540-882-4929.

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