Weekly Photo Challenge: Change


Change? How about a barn going from a Confederate Field Hospital to a brewery.

In Gettysburg, one of our craft beer stops was the Battlefield Brew Works.

We were surprised to see that it was located in a brick-end barn on what was the Monfort Farm from the mid 1800’s.

According to historical documents, after the Battle of Gettysburg, the farm including the barn, house and property was used as a Confederate Field Hospital. Over 1,300 soldiers were treated at the site making it one of the largest Confederate Field Hospitals.

When the Confederate soldiers retreated over 400 soldiers were left at the farm for almost a month before being moved to another location. Forty-seven men died and were buried on the farm but moved at a later date to a cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

In 1995, the barn was converted to a brewery, Gettysbrew.  Two years ago, Battlefield Brew Works was born. On a warm afternoon, we stopped and sampled some of their beer. Lincoln Lager was wonderful.

As you walked on some of the original barn floors, you couldn’t help but visualize what had transpired in that building. If only those floors could talk, I think they’d have quite a story to tell us. 🙂

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20 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a pretty cool story Judy. I’d rather have a brewer than a field hospital any day.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Great post for the challenge, Judy. I’d say that is quite the change!


  3. joey says:

    Nifty! Lincoln Lager!
    I got my seeds in the mail today. Thanks again! 🙂

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  5. Hey, we’re going to Gettysburg in October. Can’t wait.

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  6. A friend told me the crows still gather in Gettysburg in early July …

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  7. Midwestern Plant Girl says:

    I love seeing older buildings reused for good things. Especially when there is so much history here. Granted, the new memories are better than the old. Lincoln Lager.. ha ha, great name!


  8. Joyce says:

    History comes alive for me in your blog posts far more than in any book! Fascinating story on the field hospital. These sites are just glossed over in history books. From your grave site visit in Belgium to Gettysburg, I felt like I was right there – and wondered again why human beings would choose to destroy each other instead of work harder to reach a compromise.

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  9. Murphy's Law says:

    So much more fun getting a history lesson from you than it was back in school in the 50’s!!! Enjoy all your blogs. Lincoln Lager…..very clever!

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  10. Love that indoor shot…looks like such a great place to visit.


  11. mphedgehog says:

    Hubby and I have been there!!! It’s amazing. Glad you had a good experience in our neck of the woods.

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  12. Grandma Kc says:

    I have said it before but you get to see such cool places!


  13. Lorrie says:

    What an interesting place to visit. The history those walls (and floors) could tel!

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  14. Dawn says:

    I love studying history with you, Judy! You always find such interesting places to visit. Thank you (again!) for the wonderful Hyacinth Bean Vine seeds. They arrived safely… and are waiting for Spring planting. Big hugs! ♡

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  15. I think a lot of veterans would approve of that. Gettysburg is an incredible place, and the battlefields are definitely worth visiting for Civil War buffs.

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