Dec 14



The Gettysburg Christmas Tree sits in the center of the Diamond/Lincoln Square/Circle. The Tree occupies the center of the Diamond which was the site of the original Adams County Courthouse from 1804-1859. This view was taken facing southeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.

The Christmas Tree is up on the Diamond/Lincoln Square/Circle, and decided to take some photographs of the center of town. Unfortunately, we chose a day on which was falling freezing rain. So sometimes it’s not orbs that you see in our images, its the reflection off the raindrops. We promise.

The land on the Diamond was originally donated by borough founder James Gettys.



We’ll take a walk around the Diamond starting at the point where Baltimore Street enters the square from the south. Just to the left of the tree is the Pub Restaurant. To the right of the tree is the Gettysburg Hotel, site of the McClellan House in 1863. This view was taken facing north between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



In the left background, occupying the northwest corner of Chambersburg Street and the Diamond is T&S Menswear. At the time of the battle, that was the site of Boyer’s Grocery Store. This view was taken facing northwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



T&S Menswear is the large building to the left of the tree. The Pub Restaurant is the large building to the right of the tree. This view was taken facing northwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



There are Chrismas Carollers southeast of the tree. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 6, 2008.



This view was taken facing northwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing west between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing west between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing west between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing north between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



To the left of the Christmas Tree is Chambersburg Street. To the left of Chambersburg Street is the Adams County National Bank Building. This was the site of George Arnold’s store in 1863, and the Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Bank, the original name for the Adams County National Bank. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



On the southeast corner of the Diamond is the David Wills House, where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his Gettysburg Address. The door leading to David Wills’ office has been decorated. This view was taken facing east between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing northeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



This view was taken facing southeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



We are now standing where York Street enters the Diamond. Adams County National Bank is to the left of the Tree. T&S Menswear is to the right of the tree. This view was taken facing west at approximately 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 6, 2008.



The Adams County National Bank Building is behind the tree. To the left of the bank is the House of Bender. The House of Bender was the John Lawrence Schick building in 1863. This view was taken facing southwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



House of Bender to the left of the Tree. Adams County National Bank to the right of and behind the tree. This view was taken facing southwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



To the left of the J.L. Schick Building is Baltimore Street. The cupola in the background is on top of the Adams County Courthouse, constructed in 1859. This view was taken facing northwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



We are now standing close to where Carlisle Street enters the square (from behind us and to the right). The Plaza Restaurant is to the left of Baltimore Street. This view was taken facing southwest between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



On the far left is the Wills Building, where to Tyson Brothers had their photography studio in 1863. To the right of the Wills Building is the Wills House. To the right of the Wills House is the Masonic Hall, which occupies the site of the 1863 home of Robert Harper. To the right of and behind the tree is the Plaza Restaurant. This view was taken facing southeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



Wreaths decorate the lamposts in the Diamond… This view was taken facing southeast at approximately between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



…and either side of Chambersburg Street, Baltimore Street, York Street, and Carlisle Street for one block from the Diamond. This view was taken facing west between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



We are standing where Chambersburg Street enters the Diamond. To the left of the tree are buildings from the Gettysburg Hotel complex. To the right of the tree is the Wills House and the Masonic Building. This view was taken facing east between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



The large building to the left of the tree is the Gettysburg Hotel. The McClellan House, located here in 1863, was a much smaller structure. This view was taken facing northeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.



To the right of the tree is York Street. To the right of York Street is the David Wills House. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 6, 2008.



On the far left is the Pub Restaurant. Carlisle Street enters the Diamond just to the left of the tree. Behind and to the right of the tree is the Gettysburg Hotel. This view was taken facing northeast between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009.

See the following related posts:

Gettysburg Diamond Christmas Lights on December 8, 2008.
Christmas Wreaths in the National Cemetery on December 9, 2008.
Some Christmas Decorations at the Nicholas Codori House on December 17, 2008.
Christmas Decorations at the Alexander Dobbin House on December 18, 2008.
A Couple of Christmas Decorations at the Henry Baugher House on December 19, 2008.
Christmas Decorations at the Gettysburg Academy on December 21, 2008.
Christmas Decorations on the Shriver House on December 22, 2008.
Some James Pierce House (Tillie Pierce House) Christmas Decorations on December 23, 2008.
Sweney House (Farnsworth House) Christmas Decorations on December 24, 2008.
Christmas Decorations on the Carrie Sheads House on December 25, 2008.
Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetery Christmas Wreaths 2009 on December 7, 2009.


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