House to vote on preserving Lincoln Train Station at Gettysburg

The House is expected to vote later today on legislation aimed at ensuring the preservation of the Lincoln Train Station, which is the station President Lincoln arrived at on November 18, 1963, just before delivering the Gettysburg Address.

That train station is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places but is now operated by the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and is owned by the Borough of Gettysburg. The borough has asked the Gettysburg National Military Park to assume operations for the station to ensure its preservation, and legislation up in the House today allows that change to happen.

ADVERTISEMENT
"The Battle of Gettysburg marks a turning point in American history,” said Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) in April, when he introduced the bill. "By preserving the Lincoln Train Station, I hope to inspire my fellow citizens to learn and appreciate the significance of the Gettysburg Campaign, the Gettysburg Address, the Civil War and the bravery of the soldiers who, in President Lincoln's words, 'gave the last full measure of devotion.' "

The bill to be considered today, H.R. 1513, also expands the Park by 45 acres of land donated by Cumberland Township, Pa.

The Gettysburg Park celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.