The George Weikert farmhouse is one of my favorite structures on the battlefield for two reasons: first, it’s made of stone (I’ve always been partial to stone buildings), and second, it has quite a history attached to it (some quite mysterious . . .). This photo was taken from a different angle, coming up Sedgwick Avenue to Cemetery Ridge. Interestingly, the Weikert house predates the battle of Gettysburg by sixty-five years, making it a witness to many other events, however mundane, before blue and gray ever clashed here.
I love the fact that the current owners have kept the house true to its original form, both structure-wise and in decoration, and I especially like the two American flags draped over the wooden framework (is it an arbor?). The only thing that stands out as really modern is the air conditioner at bottom right, and I can’t begrudge folks that! Summer in Gettysburg, as the soldiers knew very well, can be a scorcher.
CPL. DELOS W. HARRIS
Co. C, 7TH Michigan Infantry
Born abt. 1840 --- Died July 08, 1863
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