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The family and I are heading to Gettysburg for some leisure time on Sunday. I've been to the usual Civil War tourist type things and will probably visit some of that again.

I bet there are some other neat things worth seeing too. Perhaps things that don't get much publicity. I like old buildings and stuff like that. Any of you PA guys know of things in and around Gettysburg that are worth checking out?

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I was at a really cool round barn near there. It's one of the few surviving true round barns - most are polygonal. It was built just after the turn of the last century around a tile silo.

It houses a produce market. It's early in the season though. I think it's probably about 10 mins west of G-burg.

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It's a great bike tour, that I used to do every year, but not a family friendly ordeal. Enjoy! My dad was a HUGE Gettysburg / Civil War guy, so we used to go there every year, as kids, and see the electric map (cutting edge back then), and climb all of the towers that have been torn down.

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Hi,

Just saw a nice B & B for sale in Gettysburg on Historic Properties .com. Maybe you'll want to check it out.

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Mike

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The round barn was a nice stop. In the last three pictures you'll see a detail I noticed. The rafters do not go straight up towards the peak. They twist in a spiral direction to the left. Does this design characteristic lend itself to the true roundness of the roof?

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The rafters do not go straight up towards the peak. They twist in a spiral direction to the left. Does this design characteristic lend itself to the true roundness of the roof?
Probably - that's entering into spherical geometry, which I can't remember much of what I once learned. I do remember from studying architectural history that the Muslims were the original inventors of spherical geometry. Just look at all the surviving ancient Islamic domes.

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Very timely post, I just booked the campsite last night for our family trip in July. I am definately adding that barn to our itinerary. There is a round barn 5 or 6 miles from home that is not nearly as big, or as nice, as that one but they are starting to straighten her out. I'll have to swing by and snap a few pics.

Any other gems?

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