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Cigar Bill: My recent visit to Gettysburg

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Gettysburg has no shortage of good story ideas.

That’s undeniable, given the area’s rich history.

But it’s not all about the Civil War.

There are plenty of unique real estate stories. The downtown square alone fits that bill, because it’s full of small businesses in historic buildings with unique characters.

At least I found them interesting on my recent trip to Gettysburg as part of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, a three-day audio, video and photojournalism event put on by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

It was a small map of Gettysburg attractions that ultimately led me to the Union Cigar Club. The club wasn’t on the map, but a quick website search turned up enough for me that I decided to pursue Bill Synnamon.

You never know how those calls or surprise visits are going to go, especially when you tell the person where you’re from or what your vision is for a video.

A retired insurance broker, Synnamon ended up in Gettysburg with The Union Drummer Boy, a business that specializes in authentic Civil War artifacts. The Philadelphia native would follow up withthe cigar shop, Café Saint-Amand, a French bistro, and Cafe on the Square.

That’s a small-business success story right there. But for the purposes of my video, I thought I would tell the story of Synnamon’s cigar hobby that turned into a retail hit. The Union Cigar Club is coming up on 10 years in business.

Here is the video I produced at the workshop.

For a look at other videos produced at the three-day workshop, including others by Journal Multimedia editorial staff, check out the event website.

What’s your favorite thing to do or see in Gettysburg? Do you have a favorite store downtown? Let me know. I might have to visit on my next trip.

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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