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York CWRT presents Gettysburg historian discussing the Codori and Culp Farms on Oct. 19

Codori and Culp farmhouses near Gettysburg PA (National Park Service)
Farmhouses such as the Codori and Culp homes dotted the Civil War battlefield near Gettysburg PA (National Park Service)

The York Civil War Round Table will feature Gettysburg house historian Kendra Debany at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. Kendra will present “Gettysburg House Historian: Examining the History of the Henry Culp and Nicholas Codori Farms on the Gettysburg Battlefield.”

The meeting will be held at the Historical Society Museum of the York County History Center, 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome.

Although much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg, very little focus has been paid to the houses that dot the battlefield landscape. The names of the homeowners are well-known, but who were the people who actually called these places home? And what about the history of those homes?

On October 19, 2016 house historian Kendra Debany will bring to life two of those battlefield properties… the Nicholas Codori farm on the Emmitsburg Road and the Henry Culp farm, of the Culp Hill fame, on the Hanover Road.

Through the use of modern and historic photographs you will learn about the Codori and Culp families and discover what their lives were like before, during and after the battle. You will also learn about their homes, when they were built, what they looked like at the time of the battle, what they looked like throughout the years after the battle, and what battle-era structures are still standing today. In addition to seeing historic photos of the properties throughout the years, you will also get a special treat of seeing what the inside of these houses look like today through the use of modern interior photographs.

Please plan on joining us for this interesting and informative presentation and learn more about the Gettysburg battlefield houses.
Kendra Debany is the owner of Gettysburg House Histories, a business specializing in historical property research for homeowners in Adams County, PA. In addition to property research, Kendra also specializes in genealogy studies and gives house tours, lectures, and historical property walk-throughs. Debany also works part-time as a Preservation Specialist for HGAC (Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Preservation Society) for their Barn Preservation Project.

In addition, she is a McAllister Mill Underground Railroad site tour guide for HGAC. She is the Past President and current Vice President of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, and is a member of their “Civil War Building” Plaque Committee. Debany holds a MA Degree in Military Studies, with a Concentration in Civil War Studies, and a BA Degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in American History. Debany and her husband reside on the Civil War farm of Samuel Foulk south of the Gettysburg battlefield.