Gettysburg is filled with haunted hotels, and even some haunted campgrounds which are within walking distance to the battlefield. Here is a quick list of some of the most haunted hotels in Gettysburg.
The Farnsworth House Inn
The Farnsworth House Inn has become famous for its involvement in the events of July1-3 1863. In particular, the street on which it sits was a confederate stronghold, and was the scene of fierce sniper battles that took place between the rebel invaders and Union soldiers on cemetery Hill. Hundreds of bullet holes in the south wall of the Farnsworth house can still be seen, and are testiment to the brutal fighting which took place there.
One of the most haunted rooms in the hotel is named after the ill fated Heroine Jenny Wade, who was accidentally hit by a stray confederate bullet while she was in her kitchen across the street, baking bread for Union Soldiers and caring for her sister who had just given birth. The bullet came from a snipers nest in the attic of the Farnsworth House, where the bodies of atleast six confederates were later found and removed. According to guests though, noises in the attic still persist, suggesting that the souls of the Confederate soldiers never really left at all.There are also stories of a phantom Union soldier who is repeatedly seen carrying his wounded comrade down into the basement. He is said to look real and most people think this spectacle is some sort of reenactment until they learn different.Today theres a small tavern in the basement and at night ghostly singing can be heard coming from there. Its beleived this singing is the soldier trying to comfort his dying friend.
The Farnsworth house has been featured on many tv shows inluding a seven hour live broadcast of the travel Channels Most Haunted and A&Es The Unexplained. Currently during the off season (november-may) there are weekly ghost hunts in which guests are supplied with special electronic paranormal equipment, (such as night vision sensors, thermal sensor digital recorders and infrared viewers). There are many other activities too, including traditional victorian era seances and an authentic 19th century Dutch German funeral dinner (the Vacant Chair dinner Theater) which includes historically accurate dishes such as game pie and bread pudding.
401 Baltimore Street Gettysburg Pa, 1717-334-8838
The Gettysburg Hotel
Established in 1797, and host to many historical figures like Ulyssys S. Grant and president Dwight Eisenhour, the Best western of Gettysburg has been known for the many ghosts which have resided there ever since the Civil War.
According to hotel employees, an other-worldly nurse named Rachel often moves trays and carts around the building and is sometimes seen scurrying busily down Lincoln Avenue. There are hundreds of reports of her opening drawers in the hotel and rummaging threw people’s clothing. Noone knows why she does this, but some people think she is looking for material that can be used to make bandages for her phantom patients.
Another spirit lady of the Civil War era is sometimes seen dancing in the hotels ballroom, and paranormal investigators believe the ghost of a Union soldier still roams around the hotel. A psychic identified him as James Culbertson (of Company K, Pennsylvania Reserves), and later was ableto verify his death at the hotel while it was used as a hospital afterthe battle of Gettysburg
One Lincoln Square Gettysburg, PA 17325 – Ph: 717-337-2000
The Cashtown Inn
Built in 1797 the Cashtown Inn was held by the Confederates under the command of General AP Hill before the battle and afterward acted as a temporary field hospital for the rebel wounded who were too weak to be moved south with the rest of the army. Naturally many of those men who survived the battle ended up dying at the Inn, and have been seen there in spectral form. One room in particular, room 4, seems to have a history of unexplainable activity. Many people have heard knocking on the door of room 4 only to find the hallway empty when they opened the door. According to the current owners Charles Buckley and his wife Caroline, one recent guest complained of being awakened late at night by the sound of horses being ridden past his window. The man insisted that he had distinctly heard the sound of horses snorting and pawing at the ground, but when he got up to look noone was there.
In one very old photo of the Inn (taken in the year 1900) there is a blurry image of a confederate soldier standing in the background. The soldier appears to be wearing a confederate slouch hat from the time of the civil war. The odd thing is that the camera that took the photo was capable of photographing motion. The photo even contains some moving objects, like tree branches blowing in the wind, which makes the blurry part of the image even harder to explain.
The Cashtown Inn was declared haunted on a recent episode of Ghost Hunters after some of the taps team members witnessed a picture frame on a nightstand table moving on its own!
325 Old Route 30, P.O. Box 103, Cashtown, PA 17310 ph- 1-717-334-9722
The Dobbin House Inn
Built in 1776, the Dobbin House Inn sits right across the street from where Abraham Lincoln delivered the famous Gettysburg Address. Its the oldest building in Gettysburg and is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places Another important detail of this house is that it was a stop along the Underground railroad for slaves attempting to runaway to freedom in Canada. The slaves were hidden away in secret hatches in the floors and walls (which are still there today and can be viewed by anyone who wishes to see).
It is beleived that the ghosts of these unfortunate runaway slaves may still be haunting the Inn as well as soldiers who died there after the Battle of Gettysburg. Blood stains have even been known to mysteriously appear on the floor boards, and the ghost of Alexander Dobbin, the abolitionist preacher who founded the Inn, is still sometimes seen smoking his cigar, along with other members of his family.
89 Steinwehr Avenue (Business Route 15 South) Gettysburg, PA 17325 Phone:(717)334-2100 Fax: (717)334-6905