The Thompson House on March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, I visited the Thompson House [aka, “Lee’s Headquarters”] to get some views of the house and its surroundings.

The Civil War Trust has done some tremendous work. The outside looks great.

I was also able to look through the windows to see what they’re doing inside the house as well, even though it’s not open for the public yet. It’s obvious they plan to allow people in at some point in the future.

Interpretation is moving forward on the site. There are some waysides already in place.

We can also see the view back to McPherson’s Ridge now that the motel is no longer in the way.

Another bonus is we can now easily access the position held by Battery B of the 4th US Artillery, Stewart’s Battery, which was attached to the Iron Brigade:

Finally, I was wondering what R. E. Lee could see from here when he looked at the Union position.

Looking in the very back, we can see the water tower on Cemetery Hill. Since there were fewer trees and less build-up in 1863, I’m confident Lee could see Cemetery Hill from this position.

The Thompson House is a good place to visit on a visit to Gettysburg.



  1. bob carey · · Reply

    I’ll be down the last week of April and I hope the house is opened up by then.
    Last fall I noticed that the bungalows across the road appeared to be preparing for some sort of restoration, do you know of any plans for these buildings?

    1. No, I don’t. They aren’t part of the NPS, so those plans wouldn’t be public.

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