ExecutiveChronicles | What Will I See on a Gettysburg Ghost Tour? | Gettysburg is one of the most famous cities in the United States, particularly for its importance during the Civil War. You may not realize it, but many paranormal investigators believe it’s also one of the country’s most haunted cities. From historical houses to bloody battlefields, Gettysburg is full of ghost stories and spooky places to explore. There’s no doubt that Gettysburg is a must-visit for anyone who loves to learn about haunted history, and a ghost tour is the best way to make sure you see it all. If you’re considering a ghost tour of Gettysburg, keep reading to find out about some of the sights you can expect to see.
What will you see on a Gettysburg ghost tour?
Anyone interested in ghosts or spooky stories from throughout history will definitely want to look into Gettysburg haunted tours when they visit. The Pennsylvania town is famous for being the location of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles and as the place where the Gettysburg Address, the speech given by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in 1863, was given. When you take a ghost tour through the city, you can get a sense of what it was like to live there during the war and find out about a number of other haunts of Gettysburg.
The Rupp House and Tannery is one of the destinations you’ll get to visit on your tour. During the Battle of Gettysburg, John Rupp was hiding in the cellar while soldiers from one army occupied his front porch and soldiers from the other were in the back. Legend says that the spirits haunting the divided house can sometimes materialize in front of unsuspecting visitors. The Farnsworth House, formerly known as the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is a bed and breakfast downtown that was turned into a hospital during the war. You can stay overnight if you want, though guests have shared spooky stories about inexplicable sensations and feelings.
You can also step inside the Jennie Wade House, the location of one of the most tragic stories associated with the war. Jennie Wade was only 20 years old and making bread in the kitchen when a stray bullet went right through her heart, killing her instantly. The site has been turned into a museum. The original bloodstain has never been cleaned, and employees and visitors have both said they’ve experienced paranormal activity there.
What else is there to do in Gettysburg?
There are other ways to discover the history of Gettysburg after you’ve finished your ghost tour. You won’t want to miss the Cyclorama, which is a light and sound show that depicts Pickett’s Charge, the dramatic conclusion to the Battle of Gettysburg. You can also watch the film “A New Birth of Freedom,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, then finish your day by walking through the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, which has artifacts, interactive exhibits, and other shorter films.
Gettysburg is also a short drive away from several fascinating cities. Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are both less than two hours away, and Philadelphia is only slightly farther than that. Fans of history can check out the museums and government buildings in Washington, D.C., which is the perfect complement to spending some time in Gettysburg. Once you’ve finished touring the city, you should consider taking a road trip to one of the other great cities in the area.
Though the gripping stories of the ghosts of Gettysburg aren’t as well known as its war stories, there are a lot more haunted places to visit than you might expect. The Rupp House and Tannery, the Farnsworth House, and the Jennie Wade house are just a few examples of places that you’ll get to walk through on your tour, but there are a few other hidden destinations, too. You can even book an extended tour that will incorporate 10 different locations throughout the city. If you’re looking for a place where you can spend a weekend filled with paranormal fun, you might want to plan a trip to Gettysburg.
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