Over the past several decades, Gettysburg has been included among the most haunted destinations in the world, with travelers arriving from far and wide to get a glimpse of the Civil War town’s “night life” through ghost tours and haunted investigations at historic landmarks, taverns and inns across the region.
Whether you have a passion for ghost hunting or are a skeptic through and through, these places have a reputation for sending a shiver down your spine. Find out for yourself, if you dare.
A building where children without families were taken after the battle, the National Homestead was built on battlefield land adding to its spookiness. Today, walk through the orphanage and feel the presence of children who were taken to the basement’s “dungeon” for strict discipline.
Peer into sections of the house where Confederate sharpshooters nested in the rafters or the dining room that served as a makeshift hospital after the battle. It is said that echoes of those bloody days still linger as the Farnsworth House is regarded as one of Gettysburg’s most haunted places.
Sachs Covered Bridge
A spot of serene beauty in daylight quickly turns scary at night. The remote location is supposed to be haunted by three Confederate soldiers who went AWOL during the battle, were captured and subsequently hung from the bridge’s support beams. Sachs Bridge is a prime example when picturesque can become darkly grotesque.
Jennie Wade House
Tragedy struck the house where an innocent, youthful Jennie Wade tended for her ailing sister during the battle. She was killed when a rogue Confederate bullet struck her in the crossfire, making her the only civilian casualty of the battle. Blood marks where Jennie died, and it is believed her spirit still haunts the place.
The site of gruesome fighting during the battle, the house served as a Confederate sharpshooter stronghold and still shows its battle scars in the form of bullet holes that rivetted its walls. Some say the bullet that killed Jennie Wade was fired from the Welty House. Two families hid in the basement during the fighting and today tours of the tightly knit space are available.
Gettysburg College found itself in the midst of the battle in July 1863. Hardly a graduate escaped studying there without hearing tales of hauntings of the magnificent, towered Pennsylvania Hall, and others such as Stevens, Penn or Huber halls.
See and learn more about each of these sites by walking the streets yourself or taking a ghost tour of Gettysburg. You’re sure to get a chill or two along the way.
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