Civil War Medical Demonstration on August 17, 2019

The Lightner Farmhouse parlor will once again be the scene for a Civil War surgeon demonstrating care of the wounded. Surgeon Rusty Dicks with the 83rd PA has been portraying a Civil War surgeon for over 20 years and will be setting up his hospital scene in the Lightner Farmhouse parlor where surgery took place 156 years ago. The Lightner Farm became a hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and had 200 wounded soldiers come through for care. Mr. Lightner later reported in his Damage Claim to the Federal Government that “there is a lot of blood on my floors”. Even today the parlor floor shows residual blood stains from the time period.

Surgeon Rusty will give demonstrations on August 17 at 10 AM, noon, 2 PM and 4 PM. The public is invited free of charge. Several guest rooms are available for the weekend by phoning Eileen at 717-337-9508 or by visiting

Eileen Hoover