we visited gettysburg this weekend! it was beautiful, just at the beginning of fall. we learned a lot about the civil war. i really need to freshen up my us history, i only know what is happening in european art during the years we talked about. luckily the whole park wasn't closed due to the shut down, only some parts. my favorite part was the old covered bridge- which is how most of the bridges would have been during that time. we drove through many of the fields where the battles were, including the field where pickett's charge took place (a battle which i wrote about for my eighth grade project!).we also visited gettysburg college and saw lots of old buildings that were used as hospitals during the war. some of them even have holes from gunfire still.