Whistlestop Bookshop opened in Gettysburg in August 1985 at 11 West Railroad St, right across from the Lincoln Diner. A quick two-and-a-half years later, in January 1988, we opened a second store in Carlisle at 152 West High Street, next door to Back Door Cafe and the Bosler Memorial Library.
Eventually, both stores moved to larger quarters. Whistlestop Gettysburg moved to 104 Carlisle Street. We closed it at the end of July 2004, after 19 years.
Whistlestop Carlisle moved to 129 West High Street, when we bought the building in 1998. On August 2nd of that year, in one day, our friends and customers helped us move across the street and a little east of our first location to our current quarters. They forever earned their fame as "the Whistlestop Movers," as the now-rare bandannas proclaimed.
Whistlestop is now in its permanent home, expanding and adding new lines of books, cards, music, and what we call "book-related product" on a regular basis.