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Battlefields Aren’t the Only Haunted Places in Gettysburg

by bluejasmine on 23/05/08 at 10:22 am

Visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and see for yourself just how haunted this charming town really is.

It is an early evening in July on the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It is very humid, as it was on those three fateful days in July of 1863. The sun is disappearing into the horizon. You are alone, walking across the wheatfield. Suddenly, you hear drums and the earth vibrates under your feet. Every hair on your body stands on end and you get chills. Is that gunpowder you smell? Your heart starts to race and you are perspiring. Is your imagination taking over or is there really something, or someone, behind you?

The town of Gettysburg has long been a hot spot for paranormal activity. More men, died on the battlefields of Gettysburg on those three days than anywhere else on US soil. Every day, Gettysburg is over flowing with professional and amateur ghosthunters as well as curious tourists hoping (or not) to see an apparition, from the past. From the ghost of Jennie Wade (the only civilian killed in the war), to the ghosts of Civil War soldiers, hundreds of encounters with these “spirits” have been documented in books and on film. And the number of encounters keeps growing.

Gettysburg, is a charming little town, in south central Pennsylvania, with rolling hills and orchards dotting the landscape. Many buildings in Gettysburg are on the National Register of Historic Places, some dating back to the 1700’s. A number of these old buildings are thought to be haunted, along with many parts of the actual battlefield.

The town of Gettysburg seems to revel in the attention it gets from being one of America’s most “haunted” cities. Restaurants, hotels, and gift shop owners will not hesitate to brag that their businesses are visited by spirits.

When visiting Gettysburg, you can make arrangements to take a ghost walk through the town. Candle in hand, you can walk the brick sidewalks as your host narrates the haunted history of such places as the Farnsworth House and the Gettysburg Hotel. You can also tour the battlefield, exploring such haunted places as Devil’s Den and Little Round Top.

The most popular time of the year to visit Gettysburg for people looking for a good scare is October. But, what better time to visit Gettysburg, than in July? Touring the battlefield under the same conditions as those brave men did, gives you more of a sense of actually being there. And there are re enactments every year at Gettysburg, the first weekend in July commemorating the battles that took place there. One has to wonder, if Gettysburg is such a haunted town, (the battlefields especially seem to be flooded with the afterlife), then maybe, just maybe, some of the re enactors that you see, might not be re enactors after all.

Of course, Gettysburg, isn’t only haunted in July. No matter what time of the year you visit Gettysburg, don’t be surprised if you see a soldier appear & disappear right in front of your eyes at Devil’s Den or a young lady in white, crying out for her lover at Spangler’s Spring. And Jennie Wade might be looking out of her sister’s kitchen window as you are passing by.

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Jan 10th, 2009

I really enjoyed this article. I live in Northeast PA and have never visited Gettysburg, this year I think this will be on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the good article

Sheri Fresonke Harper

Sep 27th, 2010

I’ve wanted to go see for quite some time, maybe in the next years it will happen

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