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Shutdown affected Gettysburg businesses

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The day after the government shutdown was over Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg was covered with 8th grade students from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York.

"I sent them on a bit of a scavenger hunt," said Laurine Feldmeth, teacher Christian Brothers Academy.

Feldmeth has been planning the class trip to Gettysburg for months and was concerned that the students would only get to see the battlefields from the tour bus due to the government shutdown.

"I had like 5 different plans," said Feldmeth. "For the past week I have been calling my tour person saying 'What are we going do?'  Last night I went to bed hoping, and this morning I called the tour person and she said 'Yes. Cemetery Hill is going to be open.' That is what the history is about; to feel these places and know what happened here."

The shutdown could not end quick enough for Gettysburg Tours Inc. The 16 day shutdown forced them to lay off two employees, stop their shuttle service to the Eisenhower National Historic site, and stop their double decker bus tours because they could not access certain roads near the battlefields.

"That definitely impacted our revenue over the past couple weeks and October is traditionally one of our best months and so far it has not been. We are really looking forward to the rest of the month to hopefully capture what we lost," said Max Felty, President Gettysburg Tours Inc.

For some businesses the shutdown actually turned into more foot traffic. The Shriver House Museum, on Baltimore Street, has been in business for 17 years.

"We have had more hits on trip advisor in the last couple of weeks then we probably did all summer long," said Nancie Gudmestad, Director Shriver House Museum.

Tours at the museum focus on the Civil War from a civilians perspective.

"So many people admitted that had the battlefields not been closed they probably would not have found their way in here and they were very happy that they learned the other side of the story that they had not explored," said Gudmestad.

 

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