Gettysburg Farms & Buildings


The Bryan House on the Gettysburg battlefield

The Bryan House

The Brian (or Bryan) farm is located on the Gettysburg battlefield just south of town in Ziegler’s Grove on both sides of Hancock Avenue. (39.815549 N, 77.235337 W; Google map; Tour map: Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove)

It was the home to Abraham Brian (often spelled Bryan), an African-American widower with five children who bought the farm in 1857 when he married his third wife, Elizabeth. The twelve acre farm grew wheat, barley and hay and had a small apple and peach orchard.

The small farmhouse with two rooms and a loft was the headquarters of General Alexander Hays’ Division of the Union 2nd Army Corps and was on the front lines during the fighting on July 2nd and 3rd.

When Brian returned to his home after the battle he found it ransacked and nearly destroyed along with his fences, crops and orchards. The field west of his house was a huge graveyard. Brian put his property back into order and resumed farming the land until 1869, when he went to work in a local hotel. He petitioned the government for $1,028 in restitution but received only $15. He died in 1875 and is buried in Gettysburg with his first two wives.

The house and barn have both been reconstructed and belong to the National Park Service.

The Bryan barn, facing northwest toward Steinwehr Avenue.

The Bryan barn, facing northwest toward Steinwehr Avenue.

The Bryan house shortly after the battle, facing southwest toward the scene of Pickett's Charge.

The Bryan house shortly after the battle, facing southwest toward the scene of Pickett’s Charge. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs, LC-DIG-cwpb-01860