The organizers are getting ready for the 4th Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival which will take place July 20 and 21 at the Schroeder Family Farm which is located at 965 Pumping Station Road. Located in the heart of battlefield land, if you are near the Peach Orchard, just turn on to Millerstown Road off of Rt 15 and follow it until it becomes Pumping Station Road. The Festival is on the right hand side.
Some of the best clubs in the country will be competing as well as some of the most famous names in 19th century base ball. Clubs like the Athletic Base Ball Club from Philadelphia, the New York Mutuals, Providence Grays, New York Gothams, Brooklyn Atlantics, Cleveland Blues and Columbus Capitals will be playing. The two time champion Saginaw Old Golds from Michigan will once again be in town as will the Bay City Independents from the same state. The local favorite, the Harrisburg Keystones will once again be in attendance as well.
Its a completely free event, but fans are welcome to give donations to the Gettysburg Little League who will help them with parking and the Festival itself once you get in. You can dress in modern clothing or feel free to dress the part of a townsperson from 1864 and even make a donation of what 1864 ticket prices would have been! (50 cents for men, 25 cents for kids and seniors 45 and up, and 10 cents for the ladies!). Bring your own chairs and blankets and even your shade tents if you would like. You can bring in your own food and drink or purchase items from the concessions that will be there on site.
You will see games of base ball played the same way it was played in its formative years in Adams County. Stop and ask any player between games or even between innings any questions you may have. There will also be players walking around the crowd as well to answer anything you may want to know. Some come on out on Saturday starting at 9am and lasting until the early evening or Sunday starting at 8:30 until the mid afternoon and see baseball the way it was played before million dollar contracts, televisions, cars,…and gloves!