From my first visit to Gettysburg in 2002, I was entranced with its beauty, its majestic views, its 6,000 acres of battlefield-captivating civilian stories and touched by the accounts of thousands of brave men and women (yes, there were women!) who gave their last full measure of devotion on these fields.
There is no place like home in Gettysburg. This town has so much to offer in the way of food, history, great shopping, museums, NPS talks, antique hunting, period music, wineries and battlefields at the finger tips of every local and visitor. Gettysburg may be a small town, but we're big on ideas, creativity and an endless amount of things to do to enhance the visitor's experience. I'm proud to live here and excited about sharing this precious gem with visitors and locals alike.
I've combined a lifetime of learning as a prior business owner of several companies as well as 20 years as an Event Planner. I can't think of a better way to combine the elements of the things that I love best - people, food and events!
I hope you enjoy your tour, and if you do, pass along the good word to others. I also hope your visit to Gettysburg ignites a curiosity to learn more about this truly fascinating place. While on our tour, I invite you to create your own Gettysburg experience based on the wonderful people you will meet during your stay here and the fine food establishments that you'll encounter. As I always say, there's no better way to learn about a town than to eat your way through it!
Maryann Oelkers and her family moved to Gettysburg from the Philadelphia area upon her retirement from nursing in 2009. Here she found the perfect outlet for her interest in history - in particular, how the Battle of Gettysburg impacted the citizens of the town. Since 2010 she has been a town guide and gives talks to groups on the civilian experience. She also works part-time on the Visitors Services Team for the Gettysburg Foundation at the National Military Park Visitors Center, and part-time for Destination Gettysburg, the local convention and visitors bureau.
Larry Korczyk is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, and serves as Vice President of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. One of his recent achievements is a co-author of a newly published booked called Top Ten at Gettysburg, published March 2017, as well as a co-author on the book General Jackson and General Lee. Since 2002, Larry has been a Civil War reenactor with the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Volunteers, acting as Company Commander. A long standing member of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table, and the chairman of the James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. Larry’s passion and love for history is reflected in each and every tour that he gives.
Timothy H. Smith is a native of Baltimore and a lifelong student of the American Civil War. He is employed as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and a research historian at the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and Civil War Round Tables and is the author of numerous articles and 10 books on Gettysburg-related topics.
Our mission is to share and promote downtown Gettysburg's local cuisine and culture in a unique way. We love what we do and we hope you do too! Our goal has always been to carefully craft a way to provide guests with a unique experience in combining Gettysburg's local cuisine and providing a new appreciation of its charm, history and culture.