Multiple photos: One of the quirkier attractions on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania is Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium. Ed Gotwalt, a veteran of the Giant Supermarket chain in the DC area, received 2 elephants as wedding gifts in the late 1960s, and started collecting statues of elephants until he had over 12,000. He first displayed his collection in Mister Ed’s: The Area’s Most Unusual General store, which he opened on February 26, 1975, about two miles from the current museum site. Gotwalt expanded his museum and on February 26, 1983, moved to its current location, a 1930s antique store on US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway/Chambersburg Road) in Orrtanna in Franklin Township of Adams County. He reinvented the place as an elephant museum and candy emporium, featuring outside gardens of elephant and other animal sculptures. The place became one of the most popular attractions in the Gettysburg area, drawing people in for its homemade fudge, classic candies, peanuts, and of course, elephant memorabilia and wacky garden. On July 5, 2010, Mister Ed’s caught fire. Gotwalt lost his entire inventory and a majority of his collection. Defiant, the then-74 year old decided that he was going to rebuild. People started donating elephants to the museum and he was able to reopen on February 5, 2011. It’s worth a stop. You can’t miss it…just look for the elephants. #orrtannapa#pennsylvania#history#elephant#elephants#mistereds#mreds#candy#gettysburg#gettysburgpa#lincolnhighway#chambersburgpa#usroute30#peanuts#store#museum#adamscounty#generalstore#candystore
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Grave of Corporal Johnston H. Skelly, Jr. He was born in 1841, and was 19 years old when he enlisted on April 20th 1861 at Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Corporal Skelly was mustered into the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry the same day. He would only serve three months with the second before being mustered out, however he was soon mustered into the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Corporal Skelly was in the following engagements, Bunker Hill Virginia, & The Second Battle Of Winchester (Wounded). He would die from his wound a few weeks later. Rumor has is that Skelly was Jennie Wade’s fiancé. Jennie and “Jack” (as he was known) had grown up together and their fathers had worked together. As they grew closer, their childhood friend, Wesley Culp, had been something of a message bearer, although he had fought for the Confederates. Jack sent a message of fidelity to Jennie, through Wesley, as the Battle of Gettysburg broke out. All three childhood friends died in the war, Jennie in her sister's home baking bread for soldiers, Wesley on Culp's Hill outside town, and “Jack” wounded at the Battle of Carter's Woods, would die as a POW in Winchester Virginia. “Jack” and Jennie are both buried close together in Evergreen cemetery. #gettysburgpa#gettsyburg#battleofgettysburg#civilwargraves#americancivilwar#americanhistory#pennsylvaniahistory#pennsylvania#tapophile