51,000 casualties in three days. Perhaps the bloodiest battle in American history. People running at each other with guns drawn and cannons firing. So much happened in those three days that the battlefields of Gettysburg are not only the best KNOWN battlefields, but are also said to be the most HAUNTED.
Last year I was lucky enough to have time to drive through Gettysburg on my way home from the Pocono mountains. We stayed in the only bed and breakfast actually ON the battlefields. The Doubleday Inn has nine rooms and has seen it all. Each room is different and each is named for a key figure in the battle of Gettysburg. We stayed in the Ramseur room. I’m not going to say I felt anything, I’m not going to say I didn’t (I’m also not going to tell you that I’m a wimp who kept expecting the boogeyman top pop out of a closet that didn’t have a door knob), but I might mention that I did keep my eyes closed after I got in bed because I didn’t want to know if someone was staring at me! I’m also going to insert a plug for this bed and breakfast before I move on. http://www.doubledayinn.com/ The owners are awesome, the rooms are comfortable and unique (duck as you are going up the staircase or you might hit your head!), the grounds are amazing, and the history is unbeatable. We sat at breakfast in the morning (a divine breakfast I might add) chatting with the owners as though we were old friends.
Ok back to the hauntings. You can do a battlefield tour to get a mental grip on what happened in the three days of the Gettysburg battles. With names like the Devil’s Den and the Slaughter Pen (which still look the same that they did 147 years ago) it’s not all that surprising that spirits might be lingering close. In the evenings I have to recommend a ghost tour! We did a walking ghost tour and my only regret is not being able to go in and explore some of the places we learned about. Chilling.
If I am telling you to go to Gettysburg, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Jennie Wade House. Jennie was the only civilian killed in the battle. It’s said that she and her father still walk through the house. And of course I have to mention the Farnsworth House Inn (still open for business to this day) with its 14 ghostly inhabitants.
So if you are ever in the mood for something spooky, if you have a list of must sees in the country, or you happen to be driving by, take the time… spend a night or two at least and really get to know the haunted history of Gettysburg.