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The entrance to the Wills Parlor is west of the Entrance Foyer. To the right of the door is an exhibit. These exhibits are spread throughout the house. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

We continue our tour of the interior of the Wills House. In our previous Wills House post we covered the Entrance/Ticketing area. Today we are showing the east walls of the Wills Parlor. Why are we showing just a small portion of the parlor? Because (in case you can’t tell from our previous posts) we are very detailed oriented people who like to read every word when we visit museums and other historic sites.



Over the next couple of posts we’ll stay on the first floor. Today we’re in the the Wills Parlor, which is labeled “Gallery One, War and the Wills House.” This map is from the Wills House brochure which was scanned while we were facing south at approximately 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



A closer view of the exhibit to the right (north) of the Wills Parlor entrance. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



Here’s the top of the exhibit to the right (north) of the Wills Parlor entrance. This picture, taken of the Wills House in the 1890s, or 30 years after Lincoln visited… This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



…according to the Wills House staff is the reason that the Wills House currently does not have shutters on the second and third floors. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Thursday, February 19, 2009.



Here’s the bottom of the exhibit to the right (north) of the Wills Parlor entrance. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The Wills Parlor. The north or York Street wall is on the right, and the west or “Diamond” wall is on the left. A diorama of a small part of the borough is near the middle of the room. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



Another view of the Wills Parlor. The north or York Street wall is on the left. The east wall is on the right. The windows have 1860s photographs of the borough “ghosted” over them. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The south wall of the Wills House parlor. Above the fireplace is a video screen. The door to the right leads to David Wills’ office. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



We’ll start by looking at the exhibits on the east wall. There are two doors in the east wall of the parlor. The door on the right leads to the Entrance Foyer, and is the door we used to enter the Wills Parlor. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The exhibit between the doors on the east side of the wall is labeled, “War Comes to Town.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The top of the exhibit… This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



…and the bottom of the exhibit. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



There is another exhibit to the left of the north door on the east wall. It is titled, “Battle’s Aftermath.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The top text with the blue lettering against the red wall is difficult to read. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The top of the main part of the exhibit. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



The bottom of the main part of the exhibit. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.



Next time we’ll look at the exhibits on the north wall. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

See the following related posts:

Gettysburg’s Wills House: Entrance and Ticketing Information Area on February 20, 2009.
Gettysburg’s Wills House: Another Exterior View on February 18, 2009.
Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 18, 1863: 145 Years Ago This Evening on November 18, 2008.
Gettysburg’s Wills House: White Stenciling Completed on West Side on November 5, 2008.
Stenciling, railing, steps, and shutters of the Wills House on October 31, 2008.
Stenciling progressing well on the west side of the Wills House on October 28, 2008.
Completion of the white stenciling on the north side of the Wills House on October 21, 2008.
White stenciling appearing on the north side of the Wills House on October 14, 2008.
Wills House needs a new manager on September 12, 2008.
First coat of red paint completely covering the north side of the Wills House on September 4, 2008.
Red paint beginning to cover the north side of the Wills House on September 3, 2008.
Only the west side of the Wills House still had red paint on August 19, 2008.
West side of the Wills House started to be painted red on August 13, 2008.
Wills House’s sidewalk construction on July 21, 2008.
The Gettysburg Railroad Station on March 6, 2008.


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