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This is the 1800s home of Dr. Adam Eisenhart, now part of the Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene’s campus in Manchester Township, Pa. It’s among scores of properties on the Manchester Township Historical Society’s Historical Property Review. A digital file on the building lists the property of high historical value. ‘According to census data and genealogy research, the 1860 owner was Dr. Adam Eisenhart, 1811-1872. His wife was Leah Ferry (or Ferree), 1820-1882,’ the property review states. The historical society’s review consists of a mapped, searchable database of such historical structures.

This unsung site is hardly off the beaten track, as many often-overlooked places are. But Gettysburg’s square should not be forgotten as a place to spend time on those treasured trips to the Gettysburg National Military Park and other attractions. The visitors center is now farther away from this crossroads, but remember that this part of Gettysburg saw fighting, too. And there are museums, shops linked up to the Civil War and prime restaurants within walking distance. In fact, the must-see National Cemetery, with its Lincoln connections, and nearby Ziegler’s Grove, with its Pickett Charge links, are a reasonable walk from this square, seen here from the roof of the Gettysburg Hotel.

Remember going down to Gettysburg to see the old Electric Map at the old Gettysburg Visitors Center in the old days? Now, those with Civil War interests will have a chance to see the old Electric Map in a new location – Hanover. It’s expected to open this summer, according to the Evening Sun in Hanover: Electric Map pieces fall into place. Owner Scott Roland sees it as a tourism play for Hanover. ‘If even 5 percent of the tourists who visited the map in Gettysburg pay to see it in Hanover, it could lead to a boom for all of the borough’s businesses,’ he told The Evening Sun.