Destination Gettysburg Podcast

Destination Gettysburg Podcast

Your official podcast guide to Gettysburg and Adams County, PA. We'll talk about our history in the American Civil War, attractions you can visit, our rich agriculture and craft beverage scenes and much more. Have an comment or idea? Please leave us a voicemail at 717-220-3780. Your call may be used in a future episode. #GettInspired at Host: Rick Kennis


May 13, 2024 31 mins

Just 7 miles from Gettysburg, the Mansion House 1757 is one of only 4 inns remaining in America that has been in continuous operation since the 17th century.

In this episode, we are joined by owners George and Cindy Keeney. They'll tell you about having over 30 local partners to create a true farm-to-table dining experience, the family pride they have in hospitality and more.

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The WWII American Experience Museum and Education Center is another great location to visit in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The museum educates the public about the American sacrifices made during the world’s largest conflict of the 20th century, both on the battlefield and on the homefront, and honor their dedication to win the war and preserve freedom.

You can experience a wide variety of authentic WWII vehicles, uniforms and artifa...

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March 21, 2024 17 mins

In Gettysburg and all throughout Adams County, PA, there are several places and routes that you can take your bike to enjoy our beautiful area.

In this episode, our guest is Tom Jolin from Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI).

They are a non-profit group of volunteers working to develop safe, accessible walking and bicycling trails and paths in Adams County.

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March 6, 2024 30 mins

If you never toured the town of Gettysburg, a Town Tour is a great place to begin. A Gettysburg Licensed Town Guide will take you on a 90 minute walking tour and tell you about Gettysburg’s history!

In this episode, we are joined by Brad Gottfried. In addition to being a Town Guide, Brad has written 17 books on the Civil War. He also is an Antietam Certified Battlefield Guide. Although he has deep expertise in many facets of the Ci...

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Elephants don't forget and you won't forget this unique stop on your visit to Gettysburg and Adams County, PA!

Homemade fudge, chocolates, fresh roasted jumbo peanuts, and more await at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium.

In this episode, the owners share their long family-owned history and you'll learn how they roast their peanuts with their antique roaster!

Mister Ed's is one of many places ...

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January 12, 2024 17 mins

Looking for a scenic and awe-inspiring way to tour Gettysburg? One unique way is a ride on a double-decker bus with a professional licensed battlefield guide!

For over 60 years, The Gettysburg Tour Center has been taking visitors for an experience like no other. In the spring of 2024, a brand-new building will open that will welcome a whole new generation.

Max Felty has been leading the tours for years and is excited to ...

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October 23, 2023 22 mins

During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the Cupola of the Seminary building was occupied by Brigadier General John Buford and his Signal Officer, Lt. Aaron Jerome. When you visit Seminary Ridge, you can stand in that very location for yourself and learn even more at the Seminary Ridge Museum.

Our guests in this episode are from Seminary Ridge Museum & Education Center to tell you about their unique experience, special escape r...

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October 12, 2023 16 mins

Gettysburg is known as one of the most haunted places in the world. When you visit, you can hear experts tell the stories while standing in the locations that inspired them.

You can take your experience to the next level by going out late at night and using special paranormal tools to do your own investigations and communicate with the ghosts.

In this episodes, you hear about 5 great operators in Gettysburg that will send a chill d...

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August 25, 2023 21 mins

Have some extra time on your visit to Gettysburg and Adams County? Consider visiting our friends at the nearby Carlisle Events. They are home to several automotive hobby events throughout the year and include collector car auctions.

Events have evolved from “cars in a field” to destination activities for individuals and families from around the world.


Mike Garland, Public Relations Manager for Carlisle Events


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Gettysburg was named #1 on's 2023 list of ⁠⁠America's Most Welcoming Cities and Towns⁠⁠. Our guest for this episode is the mayor of Gettysburg, Rita C. Frealing. She shares her story about becoming the first African American and first woman mayor of her hometown and why she's not surprised by that list. We also find out some of her favorite things to do and see in Adams County, PA. Guest: Rita C. Frealing Mayor of Get...
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July 13, 2023 28 mins

In the backyard of Gettysburg, The Totem Pole Playhouse has gone on to become one of the best known and highly-regarded summer theaters in the United States. The New York Times called Totem Pole Playhouse “the Cadillac of summer theaters.”

In this episode, you'll hear from young performers of "Annie: The Musical" on how they memorize their lines and prepare for the show. Meanwhile, the Artistic Director and Musi...

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Today's guest is Wayne Motts -- President & CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation.

The Gettysburg Foundation owns and operates, in partnership with the National Park Service at Gettysburg, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center as well as historic sites and experiences.

In our conversation, Wayne tells us about the attractions below and how you can help preserve Gettysburg for future generations.

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    Our guest is Bruce Leith from the Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival.

    The free two-day event during the 3rd week of July (15-16) takes you back to how the game was played in 1864. We talk about the festival as well as Bruce's long career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets and Info: This episode contains audio from Brad Nau's Story Road:

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    April 17, 2023 27 mins

    What's the benefit of raw, local honey? Does it actually expire? What's the deal with alcohol that's made with honey?

    The answers to these questions and more can be found in this episode --- featuring Hal from Dawg Gone Bees of Adams County, PA.

    You'll even learn how you can use honey to dress a wound!

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    April 6, 2023 20 mins

    Blossom season is upon us in Gettysburg and Adams County! Today, we talk with Ellie Hollabaugh Vranich from Hollabaugh Fruit Farm & Market. We learn about when the blossoms start showing and how you can see it all for yourself. You'll also be clued in on the types of fruits and veggies you can enjoy straight from the farm and how you can experience living like a farmer for yourself! Plus, there's some talk about milksha...

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    If you've ever watched a race or dreamed of being a race car driver, you'll want to join us for this episode. We join one of Central Pennsylvania's top open-wheel racers, Lynn Paxton, for some stories about his 20+ racing career. He also tells us about a gem that sits right off of route 15 just outside of Gettysburg.....the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Listen as Lynn talks about some of the vintage cars and equipment...

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    March 6, 2023 32 mins

    Join us as we take a tour of the new museum from the Adams County Historical Society. We talk about some of the items on display that include dinosaur footprints, Native American history, and a look at the special civilian experience from the Battle of Gettysburg. You'll also hear a mix of audio clips from the immersive exhibit, Caught in the Crossfire* that puts you inside a family's farmhouse in the middle of the battle.


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    Our first official episode will be released soon.
    Here's a preview of what's to come with the Destination Gettysburg Podcast.

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