A Spooky Getaway in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Posted August 12, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Ghost-civilwar-def In Gettysburg, you can fill up on ghosts and spirits without emptying your bank account. The historic town is known for Civil War battles and Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address, but it's also one of America's most notoriously haunted cities. Spend a spooky night in a ghost-ridden inn, recover in a colonial tavern, then take a candlelit tour with an engaging storyteller and maybe some ghostly companions.

Farnsworth House Inn: You can see this inn's ghosts on History Channel documentaries. But why not encounter the resident spirits—a mournful nurse, mischievous little boy, and curious calico cat—firsthand by staying in the inn's cozy guest rooms. Break from the paranormal by digging into a country breakfast, catnapping in the sunroom, and reading about local history in the bookshop (although some say a ghastly reader haunts the store aisles). The inn is also home to a pub and restaurant. Rooms start at $145 per night.

Springhouse Tavern at the Dobbin House: If you need a drink after your spine-tingling sleep, head to the oldest structure in town—the 1776 Dobbin House and its Springhouse Tavern. Here, spirits have been spotted outside, but inside by the glowing fireplaces you can treat yourself to comfort food and "tippling" drinks. Calm your nerves with a potent "Rum Bellies Vengeance," then slurp up the porridge of the day. Heartier appetites can indulge in mile-high sandwiches ($8.25), a massive half-chicken dinner ($14.25), and warm colonial gingerbread.

Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tours: You can learn about local history and test your fear factor during this candlelight walking tour. Follow a costumed guide down cobblestone streets where soldiers once walked, hear stories of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg, and see where Pickett led his ill-fated charge. Yes, and do pay attention to your sixth sense. These tours are recommended by the Paranormal Investigators and Research Association. Soldiers, a gentleman wearing a top hat, and a modern-day apparition—one of the company's ex-tour guides—have all been spotted. Tours are $7 per person.

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