We Have a “Gettysburg” Address!

August 21, 2019


I’m not sure this is what was meant by the “Gettysburg Address” but for two days we have  been staying in Gettysburg and trying to get a handle on what went down in this town a few hundred years ago! Before we got to all of the SERIOUS BUSINESS, we made a stop at “Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium” to meet up with our friends ms. Susan with little Isabella and ms. Betsy! Mr. Ed has this HUGE CANDY STORE with every kind of candy you can dream of and we were even allowed to stroll around inside and help Mummy pick out a big basket full of sweets to take home to my brothers. On the property they have tons of elephant stuff to look at, and even a little teapot shaped house that holds a collection of cute little teapots!!!  It was the perfect spot for our meetup and we had a lovely time.

After shopping and chatting for a bit, we had to say our goodbyes and head over to the Gettysburg Battleground. Mummy and Daddy took us along and downloaded a driving app onto their IPAD, which allowed them to follow signs for a “driving tour” and listen to descriptions about each location in our truck! This was a really cool way to take us along, since doggies aren’t allowed on the tour buses. There were lots and lots of monuments along the route and one of them even included a little doggie named Sallie. It is said that Sallie was a dog that accompanied the Union soldiers to battle and provided comfort to the injured men, staying by their side when one would be injured. Of course Mummy HAD TO get a picture of THAT MONUMENT!!! We even passed by a real, honest-to-goodness log cabin that was built in 1790 and was still being used today… and lots of cannons and pretty farmland with split-rail fences too. The narrative goes into all of the human casualties suffered during the Battle of Gettysburg, and when you look out over the fields, you can’t help but picture all of the young men who lost their lives on this very site. It was a most informative afternoon and one that you should check into if you find yourself near the area.


We are slowly working our way back towards home as our trip is coming to an end. We leave here today and are heading to Virginia for a few days. Moving days are always exciting because we know that a new adventure is just around the next corner.


  • Susan Calvert

    21.08.2019 at 16:36 Reply

    What an interesting story, Millie! Little Sally must have been one of the first “therapy dogs” ever! I’m glad you got to visit with friends and meet Isabella.
    It sounds like you had a very nice visit to Gettysburg. Safe travels, everyone!

    • millie larue

      21.08.2019 at 18:20 Reply

      We had such a happy day and especially when we learned about SALLIE THE DOGGIE! 👍😘🐶❤️

  • Dawn Dupuis

    21.08.2019 at 20:34 Reply

    How nice to meet friends along the way. Oh my that candy shop sure sounds so yummy. Years ago we took our human children to Gettysburg. I remember the fields where so many lives were lost. Safe travels to your next adventure. I sure am enjoying your travels. I always learn something and tell my hubby. So now we are going to tour the mansions in New York . 🙂 I can’t wait

    • Millie LaRue

      21.08.2019 at 21:00 Reply

      It was really sad to see the battlegrounds and all of the monuments everywhere… so many lives were lost just in this one area!!! But on a happier note, you will really enjoy the pretty houses in the New York area. I can’t wait to hear about your trip! 😘😘

  • Betsy Ann Dressler

    21.08.2019 at 22:50 Reply

    It was so great to meet up with you again, and to meet Susan and Isabella. Had a wonderful time. And that candy – oh my, what a sugar rush! I’m rationing my fudge so it will last longer, with 6 different flavors I’m sure it will last a while. I have Mia Rose’s ‘shopping list’ written down and already know what her Christmas present will be (shh! don’t let her know but a ‘sleepy-pod’ is first on the list). I’m also planning a Fall trip back to Mr. Ed’s to do more shopping. Till we meet up again, Ms. Millie and family – thanks for the memories. Continued safety on your travels. Lots of Love from Mia Rose and mommy – Betsy.

    • millie larue

      21.08.2019 at 23:45 Reply

      Thank you sooooo much for meeting up with us again and Daddy loves his car coaster too! Imagine that! He never even heard of them!!! Mummy is eating small bits of her candy to make it last until the end of the trip but at least she has shared a few if those teeny tiny animal crackers that she bought!

      • Betsy Ann Dressler

        22.08.2019 at 03:35 Reply

        Millie, have mommy let me know if she wants any more candy or tiny animal crackers. I’m planning on going back in the Fall, and would be happy to get some more and ship them to you.

        • millie larue

          22.08.2019 at 04:24 Reply

          Thank you so very much! I will let you know! Thank you again for coming out to meet us! 😘😘

    • Susan Thomas

      22.08.2019 at 03:48 Reply

      It was so nice to meet you Betsy! Hopefully when you visit again it won’t be so hot for Mia Rose to come along!

      • Betsy Ann Dressler

        22.08.2019 at 23:57 Reply

        Susan, It was so nice to meet you & Isabella. Mia Rose is better today, since weather has cooled a little. Hope to see you again some day. Thanks again for your photo suggestions.

  • Susan Thomas

    22.08.2019 at 03:42 Reply

    Oh Millie it was so good to get a longer visit with you and your sisters and Mummy and Daddy ! I’m so very glad you got to go to Mr. Ed’s!!! Where did you eat dinner? or did you just eat candy? LOL you’ll have a tummy ache! You can order some things from Mr. Ed’s on his web page! just saying LOL

    Touring the battle field is sad when you think of all those lost and the trials they had to endure. Did you know the town where I live is the only town burned by the Confederates during the civil war north of the Mason-Dixon line. Every year during their Harvest Days they do a re-enactment of the burning. The Confederates came into town July 30, 1864 and demanded $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks. When they failed to pay the ransom General McCausland ordered his men to burn the town. More than 500 structures burned leaving more than 2,000 homeless. The town has a solder statue in the center square by the fountain facing South to signify the watch for any approaching enemies. This area is so rich in history!

    I hope some day you’ll be able to travel to Pennsylvania again, maybe you can visit the Brussel’s Cafe you could try the crepes! Safe travels home!

    • Susan Thomas

      22.08.2019 at 03:54 Reply

      I’m surprised you didn’t find a concrete mushroom to take home for your garden! LOL

      • millie larue

        22.08.2019 at 04:29 Reply

        No mushroom… but she did find a tiny concrete YORKIE!!! 👍

    • millie larue

      22.08.2019 at 04:28 Reply

      Wow!!!! We didn’t know all of that about burning the town! War is such a horrible thing isn’t it? 😥💔😥 The auto tour covered such a beautiful area and to think that it was once covered in so much blood is just so sad. Our parents want to Come back here to See more of the area. They ate dinner at Dobbin HouseTavern and said it was very good.

      • Susan Thomas

        22.08.2019 at 07:24 Reply

        The Dobbin House Tavern is a very good choice a very long time ago my ex’s i=parents lived next to the Dobbin House… one oft the nicest places to eat in the area. Your Mummy and Daddy probably want to go for a BIKE RIDE in Philadelphia! LOL

  • Sheila Allen

    22.08.2019 at 10:27 Reply

    I was hoping to meet up with you and your family in Gettysburg, I lived in Harrisburg all of my life. Moved to Delaware 11 years ago. We spent lots of time in Gettysburg touring the battlefield. Must do that driving tour. So glad you had a nice stay. I hope some day to meet you and your family. Be safe. Lots of kisses

    • Millie LaRue

      22.08.2019 at 15:57 Reply

      I’m sorry you weren’t able to meet up with us but we understand that sometimes it is still a long drive for some people or they can’t get off work. Hopefully we will be up in this area again one day and we will get a chance to see you then. It is so pretty up here and y’all are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with so much history!! 😘❤️🤗

  • Debra

    22.08.2019 at 15:31 Reply

    Oh Millie I’m glad you and your sisters got to drive along and learn about the battles. Thank you for sharing your adventures with all of us!

    • Millie LaRue

      22.08.2019 at 16:01 Reply

      We have learned so much on this trip and seen so many interesting places… and there is always another adventure just around the corner!

  • Faye Lawrence

    22.08.2019 at 18:10 Reply

    Thank you for mentioning about the
    Gettysburg’s adventure.,I did miss it. The battle ground is surreal. Then about Sallie the little. Dog bringing comfort so sweet. There is no place as beautiful as the Shenandoah valley. Just lovely.

    • Millie LaRue

      22.08.2019 at 21:04 Reply

      It was such a beautiful area but had such a sad history! Mummy will read more anout it when we get home

  • Kimberly Mccain

    23.08.2019 at 00:44 Reply

    Some reason I didn’t get this one but so glad you told us to go back 😀 just love your vacation

    • Millie LaRue

      23.08.2019 at 02:25 Reply

      Sometimes the email system just breaks down. No one seened to get the post about COGSWELL GRANT either and that was a GREAT PLACE because it was doggie friendly!!!

  • Wendy Scoggins

    24.08.2019 at 01:15 Reply

    I love doggie stories the best! 😊

    • millie larue

      24.08.2019 at 14:20 Reply

      I know!!!! Little Sallie even got her own place on a monument!!! 😘❤️🐶🤗

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