As the hot summer air eases into a cool fall breeze and the leaves begin to change color, everything in Gettysburg seems to intensify. October is the perfect time to visit the region … for more than just fall foliage and the apple harvest.
Visitors can feel the electricity in the air as Halloween edges closer and tales of the hauntings around town become more relevant. With over eight ghost tours, visitors have the chance to experience paranormal encounters they hadn’t bargained for.
With its tragic history as one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War, it’s no wonder many believe Gettysburg to be one of the most haunted places in the world. The historic town has been deemed everything from one of the top haunted spots in America to one of the spookiest places to spend the night. Many of the most famous sites in and around Gettysburg have been featured on television shows, such as the History Channel, A&E, the Travel Channel and Syfy.
“Gettysburg is the place to be during this time of the year,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “Visitors are looking for a way to get in the Halloween spirit while enjoying the change of season, and what better way than to spend a few days exploring Gettysburg.”
Every night, ghost tours walk the streets, as guides adorned in period clothing with lanterns tell stories about the people who once lived and fought here – and whose spirits are said to still linger. From the Belle of Baltimore on Culp’s Hill to the Blue Boy at Gettysburg College, there are hundreds of ghost stories to hear, and each guide has their own personal experiences to share. Every ghost tour company offers unique tours around the town –main streets, back alleys and inside some of these haunted buildings. Some companies even offer ghost hunts, where equipment is provided to visitors and they are lead to investigate some of Gettysburg’s haunted sites.
All haunted locations, such as the Sachs (Covered) Bridge, Farnsworth Inn House, Jennie Wade House, Cashtown Inn and the Dobbin House, are open to the public for both historical and haunted tours year-round. Visitors can spend the day learning the history of the sites, such as the tragic death of the only civilian casualty in the Battle of Gettysburg, Jennie Wade. But by night, be prepared to hear tales about how Jennie still haunts her sister’s home, and even spend the midnight hour in the museum’s cellar. Visitors tell stories of getting their hair yanked or the cellar doors rattling.
There is a reason visitors flock to Gettysburg and the surrounding area this time of the year; the fall foliage and crisp October air set the perfect scene for a ghost tour around the historic Civil War town during the spookiest month of the year.
Destination Gettysburg (formerly, the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau), the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.
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