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Gettysburg's Premier View Experience

I was sent back to lookout for a prominent position and watch the movements of the enemy. As early as seven A.M. I reported their advance, and took my station in the steeple of the “Theological Seminary.” General Buford came up and looked at them through my glass, and then formed his small Cavalry force.

~ Lt. Aaron Jerome, United States Signal Corps

A visit to Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center is not complete without a guided tour of the building's famous Cupola. Stand where Brigadier General John Buford and his staff stood on the morning of July 1, 1863, as the Battle of Gettysburg began. Discover how the view from the Cupola shaped the pivotal first day's fighting and set the stage for what became the largest battle in the history of North America. Personally-guided tours run at 9:15 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  during the summer and 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the winter. Children must be at least 48” tall to take part in the Exclusive Access Cupola Tour.

"My husband and I also chose to do the Cupola tour and it was so worth it. The view is amazing and it gives a great perspective of what General Buford saw."

~ Casey T.



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