History buffs can look forward to smaller crowds and fresh scenery at this year's Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment.

The 151st anniversary event is scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6 at the Yingling Farm, 965 Pumping Station Road, where many of the battle scenes were filmed for the 1993 movie "Gettysburg."

That's a change of location from the 150th event, which drew about 80,000 people to the Redding Farm over four days last year.

Over the years, organizers have occasionally held the re-enactment at the Yingling Farm so the Redding Farm can recover from the trampling of horse hooves, vehicles and thousands of people.

"It needs a breather," said Andrea DiMartino, media coordinator for the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, which plans the annual events.

Crowds show up each year to see 1863 battle re-enactments, interact with living-history actors, watch artillery demonstrations, learn about the Civil War and enjoy period music.

What's planned: Re-enactments of five Gettysburg battles are planned for the three-day weekend.

About 1,000 re-enactors are signed up to participate.

The number of spectators is tough to estimate and depends largely on weather, DiMartino said. But the event is sure to be much smaller than the 150th.

That means a more relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to portray smaller parts of larger battles, such as Pickett's Charge, DiMartino said.

The first battle, which will portray action at McPherson Ridge, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 4.


Gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day. Parking is free and close to the site.

"It's just a little walk across the street," DiMartino said.

To attend: Tickets, including bleacher seating, are on sale now.

General admission for adults is $29 for one day, $49 for two days and $69 for three days. For kids ages 6 to 12, general admission is $16 for one day, $24 for two days and $29 for three days. Prices increase for tickets that include bleacher seating.

General admission for kids under 6 is free.

To order in advance, call 800-514-3849, email support@etix.com or visit www.gettysburgreenactment.com. For general information, call (717) 338-1525.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.