The National Park Service has named Steven Sims as the new superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Sims is currently serving as superintendent of Valley Forge National Historic Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. where he reduced the park's maintenance backlog and preserving park resources. He also led Valley Forge National Historical Park through a $14 million visit center renovation.
"I am honored to have been selected to serve as the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site," said Sims. "As a former Army Officer, I feel a deep responsibility to care for the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, moreover, honoring the legacy of one of the most notable military generals and presidents of our nation is a privilege. I look forward to serving these parks and our neighbors in this new role."
Sims will begin serving as superintendent in early January 2020.
The Adams County Pour Tour craft beverage trail, which launched in May 2018, has been receiving positive feedback on social media and from participating partners. Last month, Destination Gettysburg sent a survey to the 360+ subscribers of the Adams County Pour Tour e-newsletter, as well as to the 1,300+ contacts collected from those requesting passports on the Adams County Pour Tour website to collect data from those who have traveled along the trail.
Survey results show that Destination Gettysburg advertising is the primary driver for the Adams County Pour Tour (57 percent) followed by social media (22 percent). The majority of participants are from Pennsylvania (61 percent) and Maryland (19 percent ) and 28 percent are considered local (located within a 30-mile radius of Gettysburg). Fifty-four percent reported staying two or more nights in Gettysburg. They are taking in other experiences like shopping, Gettysburg National Military Park and museums. Eighty-seven percent of those who have done the Pour Tour rated it as an excellent or great experience and 97 percent are likely to return to Gettysburg.
Visitors comments include, "Did this the past two years and never had more fun on our vacation!!! Look forward to next year, and the next and the next etc!!" and "This is an EXCELLENT addition to visiting Gettysburg. The stops are great and the people are awesome."
We will use this data to continue to analyze the structure and operation of the Adams County Pour Tour so we can provide the best experience possible for our visitors. For any questions related to the Adams County Pour Tour, please contact Paige Neidig, Trail Manager, at email@example.com.
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