Join us on Tuesday, January 8th at 7PM in Valentine Hall on the Lutheran Seminary campus for our program, “Exploring the Riggs House Site on Seminary Ridge.” The event will be a discussion with historian and author Timothy H. Smith, Dr. Benjamin P. Luley of Gettysburg College’s Anthropology Department, and moderated by Andrew Dalton, author and Assistant Collections Manager at the ACHS.
The event will focus on the Fall 2017 archaeological excavation at the Alexander Riggs House site—an 1840s home that once stood on the Chambersburg Pike directly across from Lee’s Headquarters. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the house was used as a hospital and famous civilian John L. Burns crawled to the building’s cellar door after being wounded in the fighting on July 1, 1863.
In 2017, students from Gettysburg College and ACHS volunteers excavated the site, locating part of the foundation as well as the cellar entrance. The project was a partnership between Gettysburg College, the Adams County Historical Society, and the American Battlefield Trust—the current owner of the land.
The program is free and open to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship by ACNB Bank.