History was made here in quiet lives, on farm and village streets

The Adams County Historical Society works to identify, preserve, and tell the stories of the people, organizations, businesses, and events that have shaped Adams County, Pennsylvania.  As a result, the Historical Society is sometimes affectionately referred to as the county’s attic - a repository of rich, local, cultural heritage.

To serve members and visitors who wish to search for a long-ago relative, explore the county's past, or gain insight into our present, the Adams County Historical Society utilizes paid and volunteer staff to offer twenty-seven hours of public operation at its headquarters at the Wolf House on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

To enhance its interpretation of local history, the Adams County Historical Society archives a significant collection of county records, personal documents, business records, and photographs. Based on the type of research you are conducting, use the links above to access finding aids, indexes, and research guides.

Click here for additional links with more research and information

Our research archives is located at 368 Springs Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 4325, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Please direct all mail to the P.O. Box.

Hours of Operation:

  • Wednesday through Saturday: 9-12 NOON & 1-4 PM
  • Thursdays: 6-9 PM

The Adams County Historical Society is a proud member of 


The Adams County Historical Society is also generously supported through a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.