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Civilians and Spirits

Gettysburg is known for two things - our Civil War history and our lingering spirits… plan a visit where the two collide.

Gettysburg is known for two things - our Civil War history and our lingering spirits… plan a visit where the two collide.

Plan your next visit around the lore and legends of haunted Gettysburg. To understand why so many spirits linger, you first need to step back in time. Start your visit with a town tour where you will learn about the civilians of Gettysburg and how the battle changed their lives. 

During the day, learn more about the people of Gettysburg with a tour of the Shriver House Museum. Here you will learn of the lives of the Shrivers who lived in Gettysburg on Baltimore Street in the 1860s. Visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center for a look at the town before, during and after the battle. 

Grab lunch at the Farnsworth House Inn, named one of the most haunted places by Fine Living Magazine. Enjoy period fare in the tavern. The Farnsworth House Inn also offers a Bed & Breakfast experience and a variety of ghost tours and programs. Consider their Mourning Theater which takes place in the historic cellar. 

Afterward, visit the Jennie Wade House to learn the story of the only civilian killed during the three day battle. The home where Jennie died is also part of a Ghostly Images Tour

That evening, venture to the Historic Fairfield Inn for dinner. Another haunted location, the Inn has been featured on paranormal television programs. They also serve amazing food paired with local wines.

Return to town for a late night ghost tour before heading home. 

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Travel back in time with a guide dressed in period attire as you walk through the Shrivers’ meticulously restored 1860 home to learn the other side of the Battle of Gettysburg - how families and their homes were affected during and after the battle that ravaged this historic town.

717-337-2800

309 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Witness the Battle of Gettysburg from two unique perspectives – the civilians who called it home, and the soldiers on the battlefield. The story of the battle comes to life through both museum displays, and the battlefield orientation film, "Gettysburg Animated Map", produced by the Civil War Trust.

717-334-6245

297 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Come and see all of the beautiful vegetation change here at the Farnsworth House. All of the beautiful fall colors will leave you speechless. Whether you eat in our garden, in our dining room, or in Sweney's Tavern, you are sure to leave with a story to tell.

717-334-8838

401 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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With but few minor changes and repairs, the house remains much as it did more than 150 years ago. Authentically furnished from cellar to attic.

717-334-4100
717-334-6020

548 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Ghostly Images Ghost Tours offer nightly 90-minute walking tours inside the Jennie Wade House or Haunted Orphanage. These Locations have been seen on popular television shows and visited by thousands of brave souls. Weekly specialty tours also offered throughout the year. Join us, if you DARE!

717-334-6296
Evening 717-334-1156

778 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Located on the Confederate Retreat from Gettysburg, July 4, 1863, enjoy fine food and spirits.

717-642-5410

15 West Main Street,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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