There's more to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, than a famous battlefield. Dwight David Eisenhower knew that, which is why he and Mamie settled there after their White House years.
The Eisenhower Farm, which was opened to the public two years ago, is one of the town's newer attractions, but certainly not the only one. After you finger Mamie's pink- silk draperies (which is against the rules, but many visitors seem unable to resist) and get a load of Ike's putting green, you can:
* Visit the GETTYSBURG MINIATURE HORSE FARM, where threescore and one of the beasts are there for the petting and (if you weigh 65 pounds or less) the riding;
* Enjoy a homey meal at DOBBIN HOUSE, a 1776-vintage fieldstone marvel built by an Irish Presbyterian minister named Alexander Dobbin, or feast at nearby FARNSWORTH HOUSE, an 1810-vintage tavern named for a Union general -- Elon Farnsworth -- who died leading a charge in the battle;
* Spend the night at the 225-year-old FAIRFIELD INN, eight miles west of Gettysburg on 116, amid a hodgepodge of antique splendor -- then, at lunch in the dining room, sample the wondrous pies made every day by an 80- year-old woman named GRANNY SITES;
* Play miniature golf and tennis, swim in a pool, ski on grass and ride the ALPINE SLIDE at Ski Liberty, not far from the inn. The battlefield -- with nature trails and picnic grounds, plus a Cyclorama and museums -- is also worth a visit, of course.
GETTING TO GETTYSBURG
Take I-270 north to Frederick, pick up U.S. 15 North and take the Steinwehr Avenue Exit, just over the Pennsylvania line. If you follow the signs to Gettysburg, you'll arrive at the National Military Park Visitors Center, a good place to orient yourself and get maps and brochures.
EISENHOWER FARM -- Open seven days a week, with buses leaving every 15 minutes from the visitors center between 9 and 4:15. Admission 80 cents for adults, 60 cents for kids 15 and under. 617/334-1124
GETTYSBURG MINIATURE HORSE FARM -- Located on more than 100 acres, four miles from the center of town on Knoxlyn Road. Aside from picnic facilities, there's an arena for horse shows, a tour of the barn and a nature trail with small sheep, pygmy goats and peacocks. Admission $3.85 for adults, $2.20 for kids 5 to 11. 717/334-7259.
SKI LIBERTY -- In Fairfield, on State Route 116 southwest of Gettysburg. Miniature golf costs $1.50, the alpine slide -- a 3,400-foot number with a go-cart sled -- runs $2.50 a trip, tennis is $2.50 per hour and the pool costs $2.00. Lift tickets for grass skiing are $7 for four hours; equipment can also be rented for $7. 717/642-8282.
BED AND BOARD
FAIRFIELD INN -- On Route 116, with two rooms available in the main building and another four in the nearby annex, at $35 per day (two persons). The dining room serves all three meals and reservations are required for dinner, which runs from $6.60 for chicken and biscuits to $10.95 for filet mignon. Master Card and Visa. 717/642-5410.
DOBBIN HOUSE -- At 89 Steinwehr Ave. Lunch and dinner plus a Sunday brunch starting at noon with a variety of American cuisine, especially Colonial fare, priced from $10 to $20. Reservations required. Master Card and Visa, with American Express coming soon. 717/334-2100.
FARNSWORTH HOUSE -- At 401 Baltimore St. Lunch and dinner, with an emphasis on Civil War-period food, such as pheasant pie, priced from $4.95 for the ham special to $13.95 for New York strip steak. Reservations required. Master Card and Visa. 717/334-8838.