The February 2011 edition of Civil War Times magazine (previewed here) includes my Collateral Damage article on the Jacob Weikert farm south of Gettysburg, just outside the park boundaries on the Taneytown Rd and the back of Little Round Top. I had visited the property and toured the house twice over the years prior to my return this past summer. Friends Gerry and Beth Hoffman bought the place in 2002 and are wonderful stewards – they also run an antiques business from spring to fall each year in the barn (Tillie’s Treasures). Unfortunately I had left my camera on a low res setting when taking my photos to accompany the article, and none could be used in the magazine. So I’m displaying them here, along with some I shot on an earlier visit in 2006. Click the thumbs for larger images – it might be a good idea to have my article handy.
Keep in mind that the Weikert farm is private property. The Hoffman’s are “finest kind”, but please respect their privacy.
First the low res photos from my most recent visit:
The house from southwest, south and southeast.
The carriage house and corn-crib; the barn from Taneytown Rd; the barn from the rear.
The dining room was used as an operating theater; bloodstains are still evident on the dining room floor; the site of the wartime well and the Weikert’s enduring legacy.
These are from 2006:
General Stephen Weed died here in the basement, where the washer and dryer sit today; rough-hewn beams in basement; the basement fireplace and oven where the Weikert’s and Tillie Pierce baked bread for hospital staff and wounded – note the charred beam above the oven.