Gettysburg, Haunted and Historical

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Civil War civilians and their lingering spirits

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This itinerary focuses on Civil War history and lingering spirits — 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 Cashtown Inn for dinner. Another haunted location, the Inn has been featured on several paranormal television programs.

Also consider the Grave Digger Tour, a nightly tour that recounts the stories of those who cleaned up the aftermath of thousands of dead and wounded soldiers as well as the thousands of dead horses. You can also join a late night ghost tour. You can choose a traditional tours or consider a Pub Crawl Tour with Mason Dixon Paranormal Society.

Itinerary ideas compliments of Destination Gettysburg; for more information on what to see and do in Gettysburg, visit the Destination Gettysburg website.

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