Eisenhower Show Barn 3D Tour - Audio Described

Gettysburg National Military Park


1. Herdsman’s Office When the show barn was completed in 1956, the herdsman’s office became the nerve center for the Aberdeen Angus cattle operations. It was here that Bob Hartley, as Eisenhower’s trusted herdsman, supervised the farm operations. Adorning both this office and the entrance to the Show Barn are numerous ribbons and banners that Eisenhower cattle earned at multiple state and county fairs. 2. Cattle Wash Room The cattle wash room was designed to beautify the show cows. Starting in June and running until the end of show season, the show cattle lived a life of luxury, bathing once a week. A large hair dryer was used on the cows after a bath for drying and curling. The room was even heated. 3. Cattle Stalls The eighteen stalls on both sides of the building are the focal point of the show barn. President Eisenhower brought several foreign leaders here and used these stalls during his “barnyard diplomacy” tours of the farm, as he sized each leader up and negotiated, on the ground of his choosing. Each stall was able to hold two cows, and they were fed a mixture of grains three times a day to beef them up for show standards. 4. Jeep and Squeeze Chute Normally, when the show barn was active, this farm machinery wasn’t kept here; but now on display in the rear of the show barn is a white Jeep, that Bob Hartley, the herdsman used to drive around the farm. Behind the jeep, you may notice the squeeze chute (used to isolate and hold cattle so they may be examined or inspected) emblazoned with “We Like Ike” on the side panels. 5. The Nursing Wing The large back section of the show barn was known as the nursing wing. This area held Holstein dairy cows that fed the Aberdeen Angus calves which had been separated from their mothers. This section now contains a large amount of farm equipment that was used on the Eisenhower farm. You pass by grain chutes in a room before you enter the nursing wing.


The Eisenhower show barn is a 6500 square foot, L -shaped structure that sits on top of a knoll south of the Eisenhower home. The show barn was often used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for "Barnyard Diplomacy" when visiting heads of state met with the president here at his farm. This virtual tour allows you to visit this important home in the center of Gettysburg.


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