Gettysburg National Military Park is demolishing 10 non-historic structures, many of them old homes, on parcels obtained within the battlefield.
"The economic slowdown of the last three years has resulted in more willing-sellers of land within the park boundary coming forward and talking with the National Park Service about selling their property," according to From the Fields of Gettysburg, the park's blog.
Amnong structures to be removed are post-Civil War homes, a pond, fencing and a golf cart storage shed.
"Once we acquire a parcel of land, as often as not there is at least one modern house or other structure on it," the park said. "We then go through the process required to tear down the post-battle era buildings and return the land more to its 1863 look."