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Gettysburg Hangout (SOLD OUT/Waiting List)

May 9 - May 16

Gettysburg Campground • Gettysburg, PA • May 9-16, 2022

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Immerse yourself in the turning point of the Civil War

Historians consider the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863 to be the most important battle of the American Civil War, and the first major victory for the Union after a string of defeats by the Confederacy. Gettysburg marked the turning point of the war, although the fighting would rage on for two more years. The bloody battle inspired President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” which would become one of the most famous speeches of all time.

Today, the ghosts of the fallen soldiers on both sides of the conflict live on at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the history of that fateful battle is preserved by the National Park Service. The Gettysburg Hangout, hosted by Kathie & Rich Anderson, will immerse you in the stories of the battle, on the very ground where it took place, as told by living historians and licensed battlefield guides.

Our special guest for this Hangout will be Dr. Rick Weil, SKP# 140637, a retired professor, Civil War living historian, and president of the Lincoln’s Generals Living History and Museum Organization, which is dedicated to preserving the legacy and history of the war.

Before you head out to the battlefield on the first full day of the Hangout, you’ll gain insight into the battle, the stories and personalities through a visit to the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War; a showing of the film A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman; and a viewing of the massive 1884 Gettysburg Cyclorama 360-degree painting that places you in the middle of Pickett’s Charge on the decisive third day of the battle. 

Then, Dr. Weil and licensed battlefield guides will lead you through the first of three half-day tours around the Military Park. On each one of these tours, your guides will recount one of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg right where the fighting happened.

Each evening during the Hangout will feature a program in camp by living historians from the Lincoln’s Generals Organization. By adopting the personas of people involved in the battle, these historians will provide interactive, first-person impressions that are almost like you stepped back in time to 1863.

National Park Service rangers will present a special program about battlefield medicine during Civil War times. You’ll hear how 19th-century small town, country doctors transitioned and trained to become battlefield army surgeons, and how wounded soldiers were transported from one hospital to another, how soldiers were treated and eventually returned to their units or homes.

You’ll tour the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much-needed respite from Washington D.C. and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Other activities planned for the Gettysburg Hangout include a hike or bicycle ride on area trails, a talk and picnic lunch on Culp’s Hill, a Civil War-style breakfast, a wine tasting at Adams County Vineyard, and potluck dinners.

Hangout location

Our home base for the Gettysburg Hangout will be the Gettysburg Campground, conveniently located just three miles from the heart of the historic town and minutes from the National Military Park. All of our sites feature 30A water and electric hookups. The park provides a “honey wagon” service upon request for $10 per scheduled pump-out, as well as free use of the on-site dump station. Gettysburg Campground also has restrooms and showers, WiFi and cable, and laundry facilities.
This Hangout is limited to only 30 RVs and tickets will go quickly—so don’t wait to register

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Gettysburg Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • can comfortably walk moderate distances
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

COVID-19 precautions

Because the safety of our members and staff is our number one priority, proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend this event.

Escapees recommends that members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending any club event. (“Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have passed since receiving either the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson). Participants who are not fully vaccinated must obtain a COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours (three days) before entering this event.

    • At event check-in, you will be asked to present either a valid CDC vaccination card showing that you are fully vaccinated OR the written results of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the past 72 hours.
    • If you don’t have a test, have lost your vaccination card, or are outside of the 72-hour window, locations of the nearest testing facilities will be provided to you. You will be required to self-isolate until a negative test can be provided.
    • Participants who test positive are not allowed to remain on site, and will receive a full refund of their registration fee.
Situations in which you may not attend this event

You may not attend this event if either of the following are true for you or anyone in your party, unless you have met CDC criteria for discontinuing self-isolation:

    • Within 10 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive, for COVID-19, or
    • Within 48 hours before attending the event, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), whether or not you are vaccinated, unless you have obtained a negative COVID-19 test since the onset of your symptoms and within 72 hours before entering this event.
FAQs about the vaccine/testing requirement

While PCR tests are preferred because they are the most accurate, antigen tests (also referred to as rapid tests) will be accepted.

Yes, children who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative COVID-19 test result to attend.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can get tested at any facility that offers COVID-19 testing. The websites of most state or county public health departments can help you find testing locations. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing. Your event hosts will have a list of testing locations in the area of the event.

If you test positive for COVID-19 before the event, you are unfortunately no longer eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the event, you may not remain on-site at the event. 

If you’ve had COVID-19 within 10 days before attending the event (meaning you are still within the 10-day isolation window), you are unfortunately not eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a dated copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you’ve lost your CDC vaccine card, you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arriving at the event.

Masks recommended indoors

In accordance with current guidance from the CDC, Escapees strongly recommends that all attendees, vaccinated or not, wear a mask when participating in activities or socializing with other participants indoors. Attendees are also expected to comply with all masking requirements issued by any governmental entity or private business.

Other precautions

The COVID-19 health and safety precautions that will be in effect during the Hangout will depend on the state of the pandemic, local and state health regulations, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical professionals at the time. These precautions may include measures such as requiring wearing of masks in certain situations, requiring social distancing, avoiding indoor group activities, limiting carpooling, and/or limiting activities that include sharing of food. In addition to the above, you may be required to agree in writing that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event. 

Please also be aware that the availability and content of some planned activities may change depending on local and state health regulations and the business’ own COVID-19 mitigation policies.


Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Monday 5/9

Arrival and check-in at Gettysburg Campground

Evening welcome gathering & introductions

Tuesday 5/10

Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, A New Birth of Freedom film, and Gettysburg Cyclorama

Battle Day 1 guided tour on battlefield

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Wednesday 5/11

Eisenhower National Historic Site tour 

Lunch at Dobbin House*

Bike ride or hike

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Thursday 5/12

Battle Day 2 guided tour on battlefield

Adams County Vineyard visit & tastings*

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Friday 5/13

Battle Day 3 guided tour on battlefield

Park Ranger talk: battlefield medicine

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Saturday 5/14

Civil War-style breakfast

Talk and picnic lunch at Culp’s Hill

Hike and explore area around Culp’s Hill

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Sunday 5/15

Visit battleground sites where participants’ ancestors fought 

Potluck dinner

Evening program: Lincoln’s Generals living history presentation

Monday 5/16

GTHO breakfast


Hangout registration includes:

  • 7 nights RV camping in water & electric site
  • 3 private guided battlefield tours with Gettysburg’s renowned Licensed Battlefield Guides
  • 6 living history presentations by Lincoln’s Generals
  • Admission to Gettysburg Museum, Film and Cyclorama
  • Social activities
  • Civil War-style breakfast
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Guest Civil War historian Dr. Rick Weil
  • Hangout hosts

Additional costs to consider: meals out, wine tasting

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

Hangout price

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: 

  • As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents.
  • Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others.
  • As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. 
  • By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time. 
  • If COVID-19 protocols are still required at the time of the Hangout, you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules. If requested, you will sign a written agreement releasing Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event.

How to register

There are two ways to register and pay: by phone or online.

  • To register online (highly recommended), click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬‬.

Registration opens Wednesday, November 17, 2021
at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list below. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the Hangout group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.


If you cancel your Hangout registration on or before Friday, April 8, 2022, you will receive a refund of your registration fees minus a $50 cancellation fee. 

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after April 8, 2022.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)


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Gettysburg Campground
2030 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 United States
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