Three Haunted Locations in Gettysburg, PA

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The dates you learned in history class stuck in your head until after your test. The names of the generals might have stayed with you a little longer, until it was time for the next unit. But the things that we would remember about history class are the things they never taught us. Like the ghosts of Gettysburg.

The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest in American history. With around 50,000 young men dying over the course of the three day fight, it’s no wonder Gettysburg is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the United States.

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There are several places in Gettysburg known for their ghost encounters. One of the most haunted places in the town is the Quality Inn at General Lee’s Headquarters. This hotel has had hundreds of paranormal reports over the years. Both guests and employees of the hotel have heard phantom cannon fire and other sounds of battle such as drum playing, gun shots and fife. There is said to be a spirit in the attic of the main office that is heard walking around at all hours of the night. Staff at the hotel regularly witness doors opening, objects being moved or hitting the front of the hotel, lights going on and off and other of unexplained noises.

The former headquarters was built in 1863. General Lee chose this house because of its close proximity to the center of the Confederate line and because of the thick walls that offered physical protection from artillery shells. The house was opened as a museum in 1922 where artifacts found in the battle field were displayed.

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Another inn located near the battlefield is the Farnsworth House, built in 1810. During the battle, this location was used to shelter Confederate sharpshooters. More than 100 bullet holes can still be seen in the brick walls of the building. The Travel Channel called the house “one of the most haunted inns in America”.

The inn named each of its nine rooms in honour of a historic figure from the era, some of which include Jennie Wade, Sara Black and Belle Boyd.

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Ghost encounters at this location include chandelier swinging, sounds of unexplained footsteps and crying, cold spots and faucets turning on. Most of the ghosts are thought to haunt the attic and cellar, from where most of the sounds are heard. There are 14 documented spirits living on the premise which includes that of a cat. Some of the spirit’s names have been verified with the help of psychics. Jeremy is a little boy who was killed after being trampled by a horse; his spirit is thought to be lurking around the house. The approximate time of his death is 3:00 am and often around this hour sobbing can be heard from his room.

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Another well-known haunted inn of Gettysburg is the Cashtown Inn. The hotel, built in 1797, became an armed camp for the Confederate commissaries during the battles. The hotel was a great location because it had two large ovens and a spring running in the cellar. A stable near the inn was used as a shelter for the wounded soldiers.

Encounters at this location include sounds of horses, knocking and footsteps, shadowy figures and picture frames moving. Some guests even report that their suitcases were packed when they returned to their rooms, with no explanation as to who packed them. This inn was used as a surgical center for those wounded after the battle had ended. Many soldiers spent time at the inn, and many died from their injuries.

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These are just three of the locations that are thought to be haunted in the Gettysburg area. More than 150 years later, the spirits of the battles still lurk in the town. The young soldiers who weren’t given a proper burial may never pass to the other side. In the meantime, they provide great stories and offer so much to learn about.

Courtney Gordner is a Gettysburg local and a huge fan of the ghoulish history surrounding the town. Check out her blog talkviral

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