Skip to main content


Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Adams County Historical Society preserves and protects over one million historic items that tell the story of one of America's most remarkable communities. Join us to travel back through over 300 years of history.

The Battle of Gettysburg was a defining episode in Adams County’s history, but there is so much more to its story. The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) will take you behind the scenes to experience the fascinating and largely untold history of this world-famous place. 


With origins dating to the 1888, ACHS shares and preserves the memory and legacy of a truly remarkable community. Housing over one million historic items, ACHS is Gettysburg's preeminent research institution and Adams County's official historical society and archives. Our collection, which spans over 300 years of incredible history, is a treasure trove for both area residents and Civil War enthusiasts from across the country. In fact, ACHS houses an impressive library and archives assembled by and for students of the Civil War with an emphasis on the roles played by area citizens before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. 


ACHS is building a new Exhibit Gallery, Archives & Education Center in Gettysburg! But we need your help to make this vision a reality. To learn more about our exciting plans, click here, or on the image below.


Recent Posts and Articles

  • In my years as an author, I’ve learned that some of the best stories are tucked away in community libraries, archives, and historical societies. Right here in Gettysburg, so many of these stories are held by the Adams County Historical Society.

© 2021 Adams County Historical Society