Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters gets $6M facelift

This recently restored home of Mary Thompson in Gettysburg, Pa., was once a staging ground for General Robert E. Lee and his men before and during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The 4-acre property had been privately owned ever since the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, sprouting a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and history buffs. James Lighthizer, president of Civil War Trust, says it was “one of the most important unprotected historic buildings in America.” (AP Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)
This recently restored home of Mary Thompson in Gettysburg, Pa., was once a staging ground for General Robert E. Lee and his men before and during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The 4-acre property had been privately owned ever since the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, sprouting a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and history buffs. James Lighthizer, president of Civil War Trust, says it was “one of the most important unprotected historic buildings in America.” (AP Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

A preservation group is wrapping up a $6 million project to restore the stone house and grounds that served as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters at Gettysburg.

More than 600 people are expected at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the historic site Friday.

The 4-acre property had been privately owned ever since the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, sprouting a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and history buffs.

James Lighthizer, president of Civil War Trust, says it was “one of the most important unprotected historic buildings in America.”

The group bought the property in January 2015, demolished all modern buildings and restored the circa-1830s stone house. Plans call for the site to be turned over to the National Park Service.

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