The town of Gettysburg was once a sleepy little town in Central Pennsylvania. The most exciting things about it were the roads and the railroad bring travelers through, not to, Gettysburg. Then came the Battle. Troops fighting in and around the town. Then came President Abraham Lincoln to speak. Then more and more people started coming. Pretty soon, Gettysburg changed from a small, farm town to a bustling tourist destination.
Today, Gettysburg relies greatly on the tourism as a major, if not the major, source of income in the town. The town is still the same place: same college campus, same fields surrounding it (now known as the Battlefields) and many of the same buildings as we have talked about in previous posts. The train station, once a very central part of Gettysburg, now closed. Many of the houses that were present during the Battle still stand, but are now museums and objects of interest to look and gawk at from the street or cars.
I think that while tourism and consumerism have helped make Gettysburg a wonderfully visitor friendly and open town, the town itself has lost some of its character. This is natural with modernization and happens everywhere, but I think that sometimes there is too much emphasis on making money, and that takes away from the natural value of the town.
Overall, I think that Gettysburg has changed for the better, and that we should be lucky to be living/going to school in such a nice town with such rich history and culture. We should work hard to protect it.