Gettysburg battlefield group buys land for new headquartersLand next to historic Daniel Lady farm to hold a small museum, room for seminars and presentations
An organization that aims to preserve the Gettysburg battlefield has bought property next to the historic Daniel Lady farm, with plans to turn it into its permanent headquarters.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association said Sunday it has acquired a one-acre site, which includes a house with attached retail space and a warehouse, on Route 116 just west of the Lady farm, which served as a hospital during the 1863 battle.
The sale price was not disclosed.
GBPA President Barb Mowery said in a news release that the house will be converted into GBPA's permanent headquarters, replacing its leased location at 33 York St. in Gettysburg.
The retail space and warehouse will hold a small museum and general purpose room for seminars and special presentations, association officials said.
"It's just one acre, but it's one more acre of hallowed ground that will not be subjected to further development, and its use will pay homage to the legacy of Gettysburg," Mowery said.
The property was acquired from Gettysburg businessman and preservationist Tim Shields, organization officials said.
Mowery also said the structures will receive new exterior surfaces more in tune to the style of the mid-1800s, and will be painted in the same color scheme as the nearby Daniel Lady barn.
The barn, built in 1842, is maintained in its original colors of red with blue trim topped by three white cupolas.
The Lady farm has been acquired in 1999 by the battlefield preservation organization. Historians say it played an important role in the July 1863 Civil War battle.
Among other things, it was used as a Confederate Army field hospital.