Remembrance Day Parade 14 Nov 2013, 7:54 amGettysburg's Annual Remembrance Day Parade takes place on Saturday, November 23. It is the 150th Anniversary of the Parade - the 1st one took place on November 19, 1863, when the new Soldiers Cemetery was dedicated, and when President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
This year we expect about 5,000 parade participants, mostly Civil War re-enactors. The parade starts at 1 p.m. from Lefever Street to Liberty Street, then along Middle Street to Lincoln Square, then down Baltimore Street, right past The Brickhouse Inn.
At 5.30 to 9.30 there will be the 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination - the graves of Civil War soldiers will be lit with candles.
The Guns of Gettysburg, November 11, 2013 27 Oct 2013, 5:53 amOn Veteran's Day - Monday, November 11, there will be a display of the guns most commonly used at the Battle of Gettysburg. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Veterans and serving military personnel will be given free admission to the museum, movie and Cyclorama. Stay at The Brickhouse Inn, Gettysburg's premier B&B Inn, for your visit to this great event!
Holiday House Tour & Tasting - December 14 25 Oct 2013, 10:54 amThe Inns of Gettysburg Area presents its Annual Holiday House Tour & Tasting on Saturday, December 14. It starts at 10 a.m. with a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Historic Dobbin House Tavern (1776). Then, from noon to 5 p.m. you can visit historic homes, inns and other properties in and near Gettysburg. They will be decorated for the holiday season. Taste specialty dishes prepared by the inns and local wines. Each site will also feature an author with books for purchase and signing.
The Brickhouse Inn is not for visiting this year, although we will provide some of the snacks. If you stay with us for that weekend you will receive two complimentary tickets for the tour worth $15/person!
A good October! 24 Oct 2013, 12:54 pmThis has been a good October for The Brickhouse Inn B&B. It's usually our busiest month, but we were hit this year by the government shut-down that closed the National Park. Although some guests cancelled most of them came anyway and had a great time. The public road through the park were open and guides took tours. Fortunately, the Visitor Center remained open, because it is owned by the Gettysburg Foundation.
Last October (2012) we were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which caused quite a lot of cancellations. So neither 2012 nor 2013 have been as good for us as October 2011. However, this November will be a record for us, in terms of occupancy, and so will the whole year 2013.
A cold snap! 25 Jul 2013, 11:42 amIn my last blog I mentioned that we nearly had to move the breakfast inside because of rain. This morning it was quite chilly - in July? Incredible! The whole inn had been booked by a group of teachers, and they wanted breakfast at 7.30 a.m. At that time it was 60F, which is the threshold for serving breakfasts on the patios. Actually, they all seemed to enjoy it!
A favorite distraction is our 'pet' catbird. He has a broken wing and visits the patios after breakfast looking for crumbs. We have to figure out a way to help him through the winter.
Breakfast on the patios 23 Jul 2013, 5:52 pmEvery summer, from May to October, we aim to serve breakfast on the patios. Our guests love to eat outside with the waterfall nearby, the flowers around, and the birds singing. It's easier for us too, because there's more space to serve, and the guests can sit in fours or twos. Of course we're at the mercy of the weather! This morning it was drizzling at 6.45 a.m. and I decided that we would have to eat inside. By 7.15 it had cleared and we hastily dried the tables and chairs on the patios and put out the table settings. The first sitting (16 guests) started at 8.15, and a short while afterwards it clouded over and I thought the rain was moments away - but we were lucky!
Eisenhower Summer Picnic, July 20 24 May 2013, 1:23 pmCome to stay at the Brickhouse Inn B&B for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society's Summer Picnic, held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 (4.30-8.00 p.m.). The event includes private tours of the Eisenhower home, a putting contest on Ike's PGA putting green, a Park Ranger presentation "Eisenhower and the Men of D-Day", a flag lowering ceremony, and a picnic supper featuring Ike and Mamie's favorite foods.
Tickets are $25/person. Reservations can be made through Chris Charney at 717-334-2100 (ext 124) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.