Hanover Junction, PA

At: 39 50.63' N / 76 46.64' W

Hanover Junction had served as a transfer point for wounded soldiers of the Battle of Gettysburg. In November of 1863, President Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg for the dedication of the National Cemetery and his train stopped over at this station. A day or 2 after the black & white photo (National Archives) below was taken, President Lincoln gave his immortal "Gettysburg Address" during that dedication. The structure has undergone extensive renovation to bring it back to it's original condition. There is a small museum at the station (free) which is open most days of the week.

Hanover Junction is a bit out of the way. To get there from Gettysburg, head east on Route 30 for approximately 25 miles. Nearing York, PA, take a right at the traffic light onto Route 616 and drive for approximately 7 miles. The station will be on your left. Be advised that Route 616 in the area of the station has lots of curves and traffic can sneak up on you quickly as you enter and leave the Hanover Junction station.

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Color Photos Copyright R.G. Blakeslee 2005