(Harrisburg) --The federal Department of the Interior has endorsed a plan to expand Gettysburg National Military Park.
Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R), who are sponsoring related legislation, have announced the agency's decision.
The proposal would incorporate the Lincoln Train Station near the borough square as part of a 45-acre expansion at the southern end of the battlefield.
“I believe that the inclusion of both of these historic properties as part of the National Military Park will help visitors to gain a better understanding of the pivotal decisions that were made during the Battle of Gettysburg,” says Toomey.
“The Department of Interior’s endorsement of our plan to expand Gettysburg’s historic site is a significant boost,” Casey say. “I’m committed to working with the Department of the Interior and my colleagues in the House and Senate to get this legislation passed.
The train station was built in 1858.
It served as a hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and was where President Abraham Lincoln arrived on the eve of his Gettysburg Address.
The facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The land was donated in 2009 to the Gettysburg Foundation, which plans to donate it to the park.
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