It probably comes as no surprise that Gettysburg is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in America. The Battle of Gettysburg claimed so many lives and has undoubtedly left its mark on the land, but there have been other deaths and tragedies here too which have led to hauntings.
In fact, you can’t even turn around in Gettysburg without happening upon some sort of haunted location!
Join us as we explore some of the most haunted places in Gettysburg, PA:
10 - Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Bridge is a covered bridge in Gettysburg that spans Marsh Creek. The original Sachs Bridge was actually destroyed during a storm in 1996, but has since been rebuilt using many of the old materials which were salvaged.
It has been closed to traffic since the 190s, but it remains a popular spot for those interested in seeking out a paranormal encounter.
The tale linked to the bridge involves three confederate soldiers who deserted their unit and upon capture were hanged from Sachs Bridge. Several people have spotted apparitions of soldiers on the bridge and there have been mists and strange anomalies appearing in photographs taken there.
9 - Devil’s Den
Devil’s Den is an area of the Gettysburg Battlefield which saw heavy fighting on the second day of the battle. It is now believed to be one of the most active areas of the battlefield in terms of paranormal activity and it is one of the most haunted locations in Gettysburg as a whole.
Some of the witness reports include phenomena such as the sound of drums and gunshots, camera malfunctions and even items being pulled from visitors’ hands by unseen forces.
Perhaps the most compelling reports are from the visitors who claim to have encountered a friendly soldier who they have had a conversation with, but he does not show up when they take his picture and has been known to disappear suddenly!
8 - Tillie Pierce House Innbook the tillie pierce inn
Another one of the most haunted inns in Gettysburg would have to be the Tillie Pierce House Inn. If you recognise the name Tillie Pierce, then it is probably because she became very well known for writing a book that detailed her experiences and the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg.
She was a teenager at the time and was pulled into nursing and caring for the wounded soldiers. She was witness to many things that were not befitting of a teenage girl including the battle itself, a number of amputations and many other horrors associated with such a bloody war.
The most haunted spot in the inn is said to be The Blue Room. People have reported hearing footsteps walking above them in the attic and have also claimed that someone is sitting on the bed watching them!
Some guests have reported seeing a soldier who constantly walks down the stairs, enters the blue room and then retreats back up the stairs again, almost as though he is patrolling the area!
7 - The Daniel Lady Farm
The Daniel Lady Farm was used during the Civil War as a field hospital for the Confederate Army, and General Ewell’s Second corps, so it is really no surprise that this is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Gettysburg.
Soldiers injured during the battle were transported to the barn and officers were sent to the farmhouse, either to recover from their wounds or to die depending on the severity of their injuries. Many of the men passing through here had chest wounds and/or missing limbs.
The farmhouse and barn would have seen far more than its fair share of horror, especially considering wartime amputations were performed without much in the way of anesthetic or medical equipment!
Forensically-verified bloodstains remain on floors in the house that indicate where operations took place, patients propped themselves along the walls, and where a body laid on the floor!
It is believed that General Isaac Ewell and his troops are still haunting the farm to this day. The restored house and barn, owned by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, are open for tours on weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April to December.
6 - Gettysburg HotelBOOK NOW
The Gettysburg Hotel was established in 1797 and it is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Gettysburg. It is apparently haunted by a spirit by the name of Rachel who is believed to be a Civil War-era nurse who is apparently still looking for wounded soldiers that she can care for.
Guests have reported Rachel opening their drawers and taking some of their clothing out for them to wear. Rachel is not the only spirit who is haunting the Gettysburg Hotel.
The others include a wounded soldier and a lady who is still dancing in the ballroom!
The wounded soldier has apparently been identified by paranormal investigators as James Culbertson, a Union soldier from Company K, Pennsylvania Reserves!
5 - Cashtown Inn
Cashtown Inn has become infamous because it was where the first soldier was killed during the Gettysburg portion of the Civil War. According to the current owners of the property, the inn is incredibly haunted.
They have a collection of photographs dating back to 1987 right up until recently which show strange orbs of light and even skeletal figures showing up.
Guests at the inn have also reported unexplained banging on their doors, lights being switched on and off by unseen hands, and doors being locked or unlocked seemingly by themselves!
One of the strangest examples of the paranormal activity that is reported here is that some guests have returned to their rooms after a day out only to find their suitcases neatly packed with no explanation!
4 - Jennie Wade House
The Jennie Wade House has long been considered to be one of the most haunted houses in Gettysburg.
Jennie Wade never lived in the home, it was rented by her sister Georgia.
Georgia had given birth just four days before the battle. Jennie, her mother, brother and a neighbor boy had gathered there to support Georgia during the battle.
Jennie is famous for being the only civilian casualty directly killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.
A stray bullet entered this home passing through two doors while Jennie was mixing dough for biscuits, entering her back and killing her.
The house is now one of the most popular tourist spots in Gettysburg and you can still see the famous bullet holes in the doors!
In fact, it has been claimed that if female visitors place their finger in the interior doors bullet hole, then Jennie will give them a special gift—they will receive a marriage proposal within a year.
This is thought to be because poor Jennie was killed before her own marriage and she doesn’t want other ladies to suffer that same fate!
3 - Children’s Orphanage
The Children’s Orphanage located at 777 Baltimore Street is now the headquarters for Ghostly Images, a tour group that specializes in haunted tours, but the building is also haunted in its own right which is probably why they chose it as their base!
The Orphanage opened in 1866, but ended up being closed down just 11 years later after it was discovered that the mistress was chaining the orphans to the cellar walls, locking them in a dungeon and practically drowning them in vats of water.
Missing orphans were never found, Rosa (the mistress) claimed they ran away but the local citizens had their suspicions. Rosa was put on trial and found guilty of “Cruelty to Children”, she was fined $20 and forced out of town.
2 - Quality Inn at General Lee’s HeadquartersStay at the Quality Inn
Most people will agree that one of the most haunted places in Gettysburg is the Quality Inn at General Lee’s Headquarters Over the years the hotel has seen hundreds, if not thousands of reports from guests and employees alike concerning the paranormal activity there.
As the name suggests, the building originally served as headquarters for General Lee It was built in 1863 and was chosen by Lee due to the close proximity to the center of the Confederate line and because it has particularly thick walls which would offer additional protection from artillery fire if it came under attack!
It is common for guests to hear the sound of gunshots or projectiles striking the building and these are thought to be residual sounds from the Battle of Gettysburg.
Other paranormal activity at the hotel includes the front door opening on its own, cabinets being opened during the night, objects being moved around in the office, lights going on and off by themselves, and 75 lb laundry carts moving by themselves!
The hotel’s night manager refers to the resident ghosts as ‘the boys’, assuming that they are long dead soldiers. She says that they never really know what they will get up to next and that all of the staff are used to guests appearing at the front desk with tales of ghostly activity demanding to know if the hotel is haunted!
We think the answer to that question looks like a resounding yes!
1 - Farnsworth House InnSTAY HERE
According to locals, Farnsworth House Inn is haunted by more than a dozen different spirits, making it one of the most haunted houses in Gettysburg!
One of the most well-known spirits is a former nurse by the name of Mary who is still doing her sworn duty by trying to help and comfort those who are ill or injured.
There is also the spirit of a little boy called Jeremy who was killed in an accident who is spotted regularly around the inn and is often heard sobbing in his former room.
The house was originally built in 1810 and was used to shelter Confederate sharpshooters. To this day, there are still around 100 visible bullet holes in the brick walls!
You’ve done the local history tours, you’ve visited all the usual haunted hotspots during the day, but what you haven’t done yet is knowingly spent the night in one of the most haunted rooms in one of the most haunted hotels in Gettysburg. Let’s see what the most haunted places to stay are in historic Gettysburg.