The stone-front house at 142 E. Middle Street in Gettysburg was “front and center” to the action of the Battle of Gettysburg.

In the much more rural landscape of 157 years ago, the small, one and a half-story home built by Peter Crosta certainly was a witness to the fighting, said current owner Liz Fetter, but its granite exterior has stood the test of time.

Ashley Andyshak Hayes has been writing for the Gettysburg Times since 2005. She currently covers general assignment stories as a correspondent.

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