11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Gettysburg National Military Park
Year Listed: 1992
Gettysburg, the site of one of America's most important 19th century battles, is representative of the danger faced by many other Civil War battlefields. Today, the 6,000-acre national park and surrounding Gettysburg Historic District attracts 1.5 million visitors each year, and the battleground—with the exception of some modern intrusions and a few commercial developments—remains largely as it did in July 1863. Bordering the park are strip shopping malls and fast food franchises, and privately-held land at the park's boundary poses a continuing threat to its historic environment. Development plans have included a commercial campground within the park and a shopping mall, visible on its periphery from various vantage points. The National Park Service and private organizations work to acquire property and ensure scenic easements to protect the integrity of this land.