Yes we have a famous battlefield to tour by car, bicycle, horseback, and even on foot but we boast a wealth of activities beyond those historic acres.
From historic taverns to ethnic cuisine, farm-to-table dining to unique edibles, the tastes of Gettysburg are sure to please every palate.
With adventures to suit every budget, Gettysburg and Adams County businesses offer plenty of packages to help visitors create their dream vacations.
The Historic Farnsworth House Tour & Fare "Showplace of the Civil War" offers Civil War Camp, Farnsworth House Tour, Combination Tours, and Dine in an Authentic Civil War Camp. If you are looking for the Civil War experience, this is the place to visit. Tour an authentic Civil War Camp and have lunch or dinner right in the camp. Surrounded by tents, wagons and sleds, experience a day in the life of a soldier. Eat from a tin plate like the soldiers used and drink apple juice dispensed from the back of a 1885 wagon and drawn from an oak barrel. Whether you are looking for something to do for 2 people or 100 people, this is the place for you!
In Their Shoes: Experience life through the eyes of a Civil War Soldier, and follow us to the garret (attic) of the Farnsworth House for a sharpshooters view of Cemetery Hill, and to see relics from the Gettysburg Battlefield. Then follow them to an authentic encampment to experience the hardships of everyday life for a Civil War soldier! Tour a civil war camp conducted by a civil war soldier in full battle dress. During this program, you will experience a day in the life of a soldier. Guests are issued a wooden replica rifle, haversack and hat. See tents, wagons, spring house, blacksmith tent and a demonstration by your guide. The camp area is actual battle ground held by confederate during the battle of Gettysburg. This tour also includes:
Eat In Camp –”A once in a lifetime experience”
25 Person Minimum – Tax and Gratuity Inclusive
Have lunch or dinner in the same area the Louisiana Tigers ate during the battle. All meals include a choice of bottled water or apple juice dispensed from the back of a 1895 wagon and a choice of two sides: applesauce, mac & cheese, green beans, or whole kernel corn. For dessert, enjoy gingerbread topped with fresh whipped cream.
Abraham Lincoln – charbroiled quarter pound black angus burger
Elon Farnsworth – all beef hot dog with all the trimmings
Civil War Soldier – Beef Stew served over our buttermilk biscuits
Jeff Davis – Creamed chicken served over our buttermilk biscuits
John Pyles – Farnsworth House Inn specialty Game Pie made with pheasant, duck, turkey and bacon served in a rich brown sauce over our buttermilk biscuits
Group rates, menus and additional information is located on our website or call Sarah Dull at 717-334-8838 for more information.
Mourning Theater- 60 Minutes
· Kid Friendly? It is in the dark, but the content is fine
· Follow us down to the cellar of one of the most haunted inns in America. There your guide will tell you of the long, sad history of the Farnsworth House and the spirits that still remain. Decorated like a Victorian mourning parlor, complete with antique coffins, hair wreaths, and other relics of death, our cellar is the birthplace of ghost storytelling in Gettysburg.
East Cemetery Hill Walk- 90 Minutes
· Kid Friendly? Yes
· Take an evening walk around Gettysburg and explore a few of the town’s most haunted locations. Locations include the garret (attic) of the Farnsworth House, used by Confederates as a sharpshooter’s nest, the witness tree, the Jennie Wade house and “The Grove”, the site of a massive Confederate offensive on the evening of July 2nd, 1863.
Confederate Hospital Walk- 90 Minutes
· Kid Friendly? Not for the faint of heart. Contains graphic/ gory content.
· The echoes of the sights, sounds, and smells of the wounded and dying still reverberate through Gettysburg. Begin your journey in the haunted cellar of the Farnsworth House, just below what used to be a make-shift hospital. Then head north into the heart of town and hear the grisly history and ghost stories of many buildings used as field hospitals by Union and Confederate alike.
Creekside Stories- 60 Minutes
· Kid Friendly? Best for kids 8+, but you know them better than us.
· Storytelling the way the Civil War soldiers used to do it. Soldiers used to try and scare each other with stories from their homes right before bed and we are going to do the same for you by the glow of firelight (weather permitting). Join us by the banks of Weinbrenner’s Run as your guide tells you the type of stories that will keep you up at night and huddled together, as if that will help….
Ghost Hunt- 90 Minutes
· Kid Friendly? No one under 10 please.
· This is for those who want to create their own ghost stories. Use the equipment you see the pros use, including K-2 meters, thermal sensors, dowsing rods, digital voice recorders, and night vision/infrared viewers. Begin in the cellar of the Farnsworth House and then head out to “The Grove”, one of the most haunted battlefields at Gettysburg, to complete your investigation.