If you are looking for a paranormal experience, you may want to think about booking a hotel room in the historic town of Gettysburg Pennsylvania. In July of 1863 it's living population was outnumbered twenty to one by thedead, with so much blood spilled on the floors of some churches that drain holes had to be drilled in them.

Not surprisingly Gettysburg has long been the setting for strange tales of supernatural acitivity. Everything from phantom apparitions of battlefield ghosts to strange disembodied screams. Many people claim that the constant influx of visitors from the south tends to trigger off a flurry of paranormal activity in the summer months, sometimes resulting in mysterious backward glimpses in time to the summer of 1863.

There is the case of the mysterious ghost known as the Sentry who still guards the cupola at the top of Pennsylavania Hall at Gettysburg College.. The apparation of this rebel soldier has been on duty for the past 145 years. In some ways he behaves like a normal residual haunting, pacing back and fourth on the Cupola as though the college is still in southern hands, yet every now and then he aims his rifle at students on the ground. This behavior fascinates parapsychologists because it is part of a trend of Intelligent (communicative) hauntings in Gettysburg, which goes back hundreds of years. Everywhere else in the paranormal world intelligent hauntings are extremely rare, even when compared to the ghostlore of other battle grounds like Shiloh or Antietem, and no one knows why Gettysburg has so many of them..

One of the earliest hauntings in Gettysburg Pa happened as the battle was still unfolding. The soldiers of the 20th Maine, (famous for the heroic bayonette charge under general Joshua Chamberlain) claimed to have encountered a ghost while they were marching toward Gettysburg..As the story goes, they came to a fork in the road and stopped, not sure which way to go.. when a man on horseback appeared and led them on toward Gettysburg.. At first they thought the man was a Union General. He looked like one, but soon they began to notice a strange glow emenating from both him and his horse. They also noticed the man had an eerie resemblence to portraits of the late George Washington. He even wore a tri cornered hat that had not been in style for over a hundred years.

The ghostly man led to the top of little round top where they would later repel a Confederate attack on the Union flank, and then he disappeared without ever being identified. Could it have been the ghost of George Washington, trying to aid the Union army in one of it's most important battles? Enough people beleived so that the Secretary of war, Edwin Stanton did a formal investigation into the matter. When asked Colonel Chamberlain, responded, "We know not what mystic power may be possessed by those who are now bivouacking with the dead. I only know the effect, but I dare not explain or deny the cause. Who shall say that Washington was not among the number of those who aided the country that he founded?"

It was just the first in a long series of ghost sightings that have made Gettysburg known as the most haunted city in north america.

Aughost Gettysburg Ghost Conference of 2012

Posted December 3rd, 2011 by lori

Much to the joy of ghost hunters everywhere plans for the next Gettysburg ghost conference have been announced. This is an event that usually draws a crowd of people who have more than just a passing interest in the investigation of real haunted places like Gettysburg Pa, as well as psychics, mediums and ghost experts of all stripes, and thus is a great place for lovers of the paranormal to meet and discuss the haunted places they can’t get enough of.

The three day “spectral sympsium” will be held from August 3 – 5th, 2012 at the Eisenhower Conference Center which sits just one mile from Gettysburg National Park, and as usual will be attended by many respected names in the paranormal community such as Christopher Moon, creator of the Haunted Times magazine, read more content

Why are there so many ghosts from the civil war?

Posted May 29th, 2010 by lori

What causes the unexplained phenomena that occurs at civil war battlefield and other haunted sites? Noone can ever know for sure, but there are many things which are likely to cause a persons spirit to become restless and haunt the earth as a ghost. Experiencing a sudden difficult transition into the afterlife, or witnessing the read more content

Gettysburg Battlefield Ghosts

Posted March 31st, 2010 by lori

Some of the earliest reports of paranormal actvitiy in Gettysburg came from farm workers on the Forney farm who complained of strange experiences in the area called Iversons Pit. read more content

The Ghosts of Devils Den

Posted November 5th, 2009 by lori

The Devils Den was a Confederate stronghold throughout most of the battle of Gettysburg, but the rocky geography of the Devils Den was very difficult for southerners who found that they could not climb the rocks without being read more content

The Second Enemy

Posted November 3rd, 2009 by lori

Without doubt one of the creepiest (and most haunted) places on the battlefield is near the Old Trostle farm. This was a hog farm in 1863. It’s said that during the fighting some of it’s fences were broken and hogs escaped onto the field where wounded men lay vulnerable to attack. read more content

Gettysburg Ghost Tours

Posted November 2nd, 2009 by lori

Ghost tours are a popular activity in gettysburg. They seem to satisfy a natural curiosity people have about the paranormal, unlike regular battlefield tours which focus exclusively on facts and figures, and since they extend beyond the official battlefield they are one of the few ways to learn about the history of the town. read more content

Sachs Bridge

Posted October 31st, 2009 by lori

sachs bridge gettysburgSach’s Bridge is a 100 foot long old fashioned covered bridge in Gettysburg which was used by Lee’s army on their retreat from the city. It is one of the most haunted places in pa, and is a huge attraction to ghost hunters and paranormal investigators from all over the state. read more content

John Burns and the Battlefield Ghost

Posted October 23rd, 2009 by lori

One of the earliest recorded sightings of a phantom confederate soldier at Gettysburg was reported just a few years after the battle, by a retired Union veteran war hero named John Burns. read more content

Ghosts of the Soldiers Orphanage and Museum

Posted October 22nd, 2009 by lori

ghost children The sad story of the Gettysburg Orphanage began when the body of a soldier was found on the Gettysburg battlefield tightly clutching a photo of his three young children. No clue to the mans identity could be found so the photo was printed in the Philedelphia Inquirer with an article and a headline that read, Whose father is he? read more content

The Shriver House, a house frozen in time

Posted October 20th, 2009 by lori

The Shriver House Museum is one of Gettysburg’s greatest treasures. Located on 309 Baltimore Street, just blocks from the battlefield, the restored home of George Washington Shriver and his family tells the story of the battle of Gettysburg from the civilian perspective. read more content