Gettysburg and Its Environs: An Architectural Journey, 1730-Present - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, July 01 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:15pm

  • Location


Author James J. Fritz presents an architectural survey of historic structures in South Central Pennsylvania. 

Beginning in Lancaster County, at the water’s edge of the Susquehanna River in modern-day Columbia (site of the Native American Shawanah Town), Fritz will move westward across the river into York and Adams counties where early European settlers traveled in search of the frontier and cheaper land. There, they brought some of their knowledge of architecture with them—Scots-Irish and Germanic vernacular features along with Georgian influences. In Gettysburg, which was ravaged during the seminal Battle of Gettysburg, he will address sites connected to Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, the dwelling houses of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and more. 

Many of the early structures in this region are threatened by approaching development. Organizations such as Historic Gettysburg-Adams County and the Land Conservancy of Adams County are educating the public about the importance of the area’s outstanding historic heritage and rustic farmland. Join us and discover through historic maps, images, and informed narrative about the history and beauty of this treasured landscape. 

Presented by: 

James Fritz

James J. Fritz — Author, Historian, lecturer and educator in early Pennsylvania German ethnic religious and architectural history 

James J. Fritz is a historian and author of articles on Quaker history from the English and American periods. He is a lecturer on Pennsylvania German Culture and religion. James holds a bachelor’s degree and earned a Juris Doctorate from Widener University. His master’s degree is in American Studies, History from Pennsylvania State University. James attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA studying for a master’s in Religion. 

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discover the origin and influences of regional architecture in South Central Pennsylvania.
  • Identify Scots-Irish and Germanic vernacular features.
  • Describe historic sites linked to Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and other notable figures.
  • Explain the importance of preserving areas of outstanding historic heritage and rustic farmland for future generations.