Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Guide to Shopping in Historic Gettysburg

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Guide to Shopping in Historic Gettysburg

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GETTYSBURG - This week, thousands will descend upon Gettysburg for the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, among the bloodiest conflicts between Union and Confederate forces in July 1863 that's regarded as a turning point in the Civil War.

But former battlefields and other relics of this bygone era aren't all that this quaint town in south central Pennsylvania (less than an hour from Harrisburg) has to offer. Those with a soft spot for shopping will be delighted to discover that it's also home to several chic, unique shops, most within walking distance of downtown Gettysburg.

For those not familiar with the area, Lincoln Square (also known as "the Diamond") at the center of town is a good place to start. It's also the site of the Wills house, where Abraham Lincoln penned the final passages of his Gettysburg Address. Tucked away in a corner of the square between Hauser Estate Winery and Gettysburg Baking Co. is Lark: A Modern Marketplace (17 Lincoln Square), which moved into this spacious storefront a year ago after four years in a smaller spot on nearby Baltimore Street. You name it, this shop's got it: candles galore, wall art, jewelry, fashion scarves, novelty socks, decorative pillows, cute and quirky stationery and greeting cards, and even a section devoted to vintage candy. Plus, the whimsical way it's all arranged looks like something plucked from Pinterest.

A few minutes away at 26 York St. is Gallery 30, a destination for handcrafted American goods, including many by Pennsylvania artisans, since 1979. About half of the 6,000-square-foot space is filled with one-of-a-kind gourd art made from locally grown gourds that have been reimagined as birdhouses, candle holders and characters from practically every holiday. At the heart of the store is a jewelry counter with beautiful selections, such as modern-meets-art deco mosaic pieces from Firefly Jewelry that combine Swarovski crystals with Czech glass. The shop also stocks historically inspired stoneware, bed and table linens, home furnishings, handbags, faux fur fashions and wooden toys.

Situated on another street stemming from Lincoln Square is Fresh (28 Chambersburg St. …

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