Tom is from a small town just outside of Gettysburg PA, he was actually born in Gettysburg, some of his schooling was accomplished through Gettysburg area schools. But he grew up, and is from Cashtown, which is located just 8 miles West of Gettysburg, and still probably has less than 500 residents.
Tom left PA when he went in to the U.S. Air Force. He returns to visit, but has not lived there since he left in 1967.
I can remember a few years ago, while visiting with his family we were regaled with tales of a film crew that spent considerable time in and around Cashtown filming a Civil War era movie. I couldn’t really remember the name of the movie, which by the way, I now know is ‘Gettysburg’, don’t you just love irony. I recently had the opportunity to watch the Civil War era made for TV series called ‘North and South’, thinking, mistakenly, that this was the movie filmed in Cashtown. I watched and waited for scenes I would recognize. I thought maybe ??? But never really was sure I recognized the locations.
Today, while shopping, in Gettysburg, I saw the movie ‘Gettysburg’ being sold for 5usd. This being the actual movie recounted by the family, I bought one. I bet I’ll recognize some of the locations in this one.
Tom and I have been on the road since 29 May. We have been many places, and done many things, and I hope to recount some of our adventures, later, but for now, this little snippet about Gettysburg will have to do.
It has been cold since we got here, and overcast, and rainy, and cold, did I mention cold? In the 60f’s. Although last night it was 50frickin7 degrees farenheit. We’ve visited with family, Tom has visited with former High School friends, old family friends have stopped in.
It’s interesting, things seem the same now as the first time I ever visited here, around 1972. Everything is neat, tidy, well groomed, and dated. The old brick architecture seems timeless. The statues and monuments, the memorabilia, the tourist signs. The flags, American and Confederate, the red, white, and blue bunting, the remembrance candles in the windows, the acres and acres of mowed and manucured lawn. There is a tremendous array of patriotic display.
We’ve done battlefield tours, many times, but I never tire of it. The monuments, the statues, the canons, the fields, …
We’re home now, I’ve not yet watched Gettysburg, but I soon will.
Travel is good!