Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hershey and Gettysburg

Thursday morning, we headed over to Hershey. They have a decent sized amusement park, but we were here to see how chocolate bars are made. They no longer allow tours of the actual factory, but they have a free ride that goes thru a fake factory, with singing animated cows and shows you the chocolate process. The kids loved it. We looked around a bit, learned a little, bought a candy bar each, and then off to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg was beautiful. They have a huge visitors center with a museum and lots of info. They have an audio tour set up so you can drive around and visit many of the battle sites and listen in your car about what happened at each site. We didn't have that much time, so we viewed the documentary at the center and walked through the museum, learning a lot. We then drove to a couple of the sites to see what these areas looked like. The time of year with the hills and trees changing was just beautiful to see. It is amazing that so many people have fought and sacrificed for this country we live in. After the battle was finished, the union had won and moved on to is next battle site, the town was left to recover and clean up all the dead and injured left in the area. It was months later when President Lincoln came to the area and declared a national cemetery at which time he gave his infamous speech.

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