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Gettysburg & Adams County, Pennsylvania

What do you know about Gettysburg & Adams County, Pennsylvania?
Try this Alan's U.S. Civil War History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Gettysburg is a borough in and the county seat of Adams County, Pennsylvania

Trivia powered by Prof ABE1) Gettysburg had its start as a tavern owned by Samuel Gettys, a settler and early businessman, who built the tavern between 1774 and 1775 where soldiers and traders came to rest often, as it sat on the Shippensburg - Baltimore and Philadelphia - Pittsburgh cross roads.  What year was the town founded?

  1. 1786
  2. 1788
  3. 1790
  4. 1792

2) The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was founded by Samuel Simon Schmucker, a leading Pennsylvania anti-slavery advocate.  What year was the Seminary established?

  1. 1816
  2. 1826
  3. 1836
  4. 1846

3) The Lutheran Theological Seminary gives its name to the geographical feature, Seminary Ridge, which was the site of fierce fighting on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. The building, as well as adjacent homes of the professors, was used for weeks after the battle as a temporary field hospital before its last patients were moved to the Camp Letterman military hospital.

  • True or False?

4) Adams County was created, from part of York County and named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams.  When was it created?

  1. January 22, 1800
  2. January 22, 1801
  3. January 22, 1802
  4. January 22, 1803

5) The Gettysburg Railroad was a railroad that operated in Pennsylvania in the mid-19th century. The 17 mile main line ran from Gettysburg to Hanover. The Gettysburg operated independently from 1858 until 1870, then went through a series of acquisitions and mergers, leading to acquisition by the Western Maryland Railway in 1917.  The passenger station served as a makeshift field hospital for injured troops.  When was the Gettysburg Railroad station built?

  1. 1857
  2. 1858
  3. 1859
  4. 1860

6) What is Gettysburg’s elevation?

  1. 458 feet
  2. 558 feet
  3. 658 feet
  4. 758 feet

7) The Dobbin House Tavern, known also as Dobbin House, on 89 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a tavern which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was established in 1776, making it the oldest standing structure in Gettysburg. It was built to be a home for Alexander Dobbin and his family. It became the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Mason-Dixon Line.  During and after the Battle of Gettysburg, the house served as a temporary field hospital.  When was the tavern established?

  1. 1776
  2. 1786
  3. 1796
  4. 1806

8) Gettysburg College is a private four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States, adjacent to the famous battlefield. What is the athletic teams nickname?

  1. Bullets
  2. Chargers
  3. Sharpshooters
  4. Triggers

9) Caledonia State Park is a 1,130-acre Pennsylvania state park in Greene Township, Franklin County and Franklin Township, Adams County in Pennsylvania. The park is named for an iron furnace, Caledonia Furnace, that was owned by James Buchannan beginning in 1847.

  • True or False?

10) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower; their retirement home outside Gettysburg is preserved as Eisenhower National Historic Site.  In 1950, they found a "run-down farm" on the outskirts of Gettysburg, and purchased the farm and its 189 acres from one Allen Redding, who had owned the farm since 1921.  What would $40,000 equal in today’s money (2010)?

  1. $136,763.49
  2. $216,929.46
  3. $285,809.13
  4. $363,005.81

Gettysburg & Adams County, Pennsylvania
[Answers]

1) A.  2) B.  3) True  4) A.  5) B.  6) B.  7) A.  8) A.
9) False. Caledonia State Park is a 1,130-acre Pennsylvania state park in Greene Township, Franklin County and Franklin Township, Adams County in Pennsylvania. The park is named for an iron furnace, Caledonia Furnace, that was owned by Thaddeus Stevens beginning in 1837. 10) D.

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