This monument on the Gettysburg battlefield of two soldiers is near a number of Gettysburg haunted hotels.

The 9 Scariest Gettysburg Haunted Hotels And B&B’s

If you believe in the spirit world, then you’ll want to book a room in one of the many Gettysburg haunted hotels or Gettysburg haunted bed and breakfast inns.

The small town of Gettysburg is a serene, pleasant place most of the time, but when the sun sets over the rolling hills and centuries-old buildings, you might say the town comes “alive.”

It’s not hard to understand why there is a supernatural aura around Gettysburg. The town is famous for being the site of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War that left more than 50,000 casualties in its wake.

Every building in and around the town was used as a hospital after the battle for soldiers who were too injured to be moved long distances.

As a life-long resident of Gettysburg, I have compiled a list of the 9 most haunted hotels and bed and breakfasts in Gettysburg for ghost hunters who may be seeking a special “fright night.”

Just be aware that you may not get a good night’s sleep when restless spirits are wandering!

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My Top 3 Picks: Haunted Hotels in Gettysburg

#1 TOP PICK

The Farnsworth house Inn, a 2-story brick building with brown shutters and red door is considered one of the most haunted hotels in Gettysburg.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE FARNSWORTH HOUSE INN
✔️ Ghost Tours At The Site
✔️ Very Convenient Location
🚫 Better Book Early For Halloween

#2 PICK

The Gettysburg Hotel, a 5-story yellow building, with flowers on Lincoln Square and a street lamp in the foreground.

GETTYSBURG HOTEL
✔️ Downtown Location
✔️ Civil War Hospital
✔️ Convenient To Everything

#3 PICK

A green sign saying 1863 Inn of Gettysburg with 4 story hotel behind under dramatic blue sky with clouds.

1863 INN At GETTYSBURG
✔️ Great Location
✔️ Fifth Floor Is Most Active
✔️ Right Beside Jennie Wade House

A Look At Gettysburg Haunted Hotels

There are only a few haunted hotels in downtown Gettysburg, but there are many Bed and Breakfasts located outside of town and near the Gettysburg National Military Park whose past guests have reported unusual occurrences.

The haunted hotels on this list are all close to some of the most haunted places in Gettysburg, which makes them convenient for anyone planning a ghost hunting trip.

Each of these Gettysburg haunted hotels seem to hold the energy from the past, revealing unique stories of soldiers from the Battle of Gettysburg and other eras of American history.

Three white tombstones stand in the background, with the top of another in the foreground.
The tombstone of the Rev. Alexander Dobbin of the Dobbin House Tavern in Gettysburg. Today the tavern is a fine dining restaurant, pub, and has a small exhibit about its use as a stop on the underground railroad.

Are These Gettysburg Haunted Hotels For Real?

Are these Gettysburg ghost stories simply the result of overactive imaginations?

Or real spine-tingling encounters?

I guess the only way to find out is to stay in one of these Gettysburg haunted hotels — or, if you prefer, a haunted Gettysburg B&B.

While skeptics might dismiss the stories as mere superstitions, I have heard enough stories from locals, and experienced enough on my own, to say that haunted hotels in Gettysburg are worth a visit if you are searching for a paranormal experience.

Don’t visit Gettysburg without booking a Ghost Tour!

The Most Haunted Gettysburg Hotels

1. The Gettysburg Hotel

1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg

Originally built in 1797, The Gettysburg Hotel has a long history of ghostly encounters.

Used as a hospital during the Civil War, the Gettysburg Hotel is one of Pennsylvania’s oldest hotels and is a local landmark that sits a short distance from Gettysburg College.

The Gettysburg Hotel, a 5-story yellow building, with flowers on Lincoln Square and a street lamp in the foreground.
The Gettysburg Hotel is one of the most popular haunted hotels.

The hotel is very conveniently located in the heart of Gettysburg on Lincoln Square, so it is within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and museums.

It is also right across the street from the Wills House where President Lincoln spent the night before giving his Gettysburg Address.

As for its paranormal activity, the ghost of a woman has been seen dancing in the ballroom. The primary ghost at this hotel is called Rachel, a Civil War-era nurse who has been known to open drawers and rifle through guest’s belongings.

There is also a ghost of a Union soldier named James Culbertson that still roams around the hotel after his untimely demise.


2. The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg

516 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg

The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg wasn’t around in 1863, and the ghost who is said to be haunting it isn’t a Civil War soldier.

The spirit instead is believed to be a former employee and handyman named George who likes to play pranks on the staff at the hotel as well as some of the guests.

“George” is most active on the fifth floor. Some have reported that he likes to move things in their room, turn lights on/off, turn on the TVs in the middle of the night, and even lock them out of their rooms.

A green sign for the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg under a cloudy sky, with the 5-story hotel in the background.
The fifth floor of the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg is reportedly haunted.

Of course, being located in close proximity to the battlefield and on land that was part of the conflict, it is also believed that the 1863 Inn is haunted by soldiers who perished during the battle.

Visitors at this Gettysburg haunted hotel have experienced inexplicable cold spots, flickering lights, and strange apparitions.

The hotel is conveniently located next to the Jennie Wade House Museum, and within walking distance to the Gettysburg Heritage Center and numerous restaurants and shops.


Gettysburg Haunted Bed and Breakfast Inns

3. The Historic Farnsworth House Inn

401 Baltimore Street

The Farnsworth House Inn is famous for its numerous spirit sightings and paranormal experiences, and many ghost hunting teams have recorded strange happenings in this building that was used as a Civil War hospital.

Rooms at the inn are decorated with Victorian antiques and four-poster beds .  The inn also holds ghost presentations for guests and visitors, and offers fine dining at their restaurant. (And it has a tavern and outdoor beer garden).

The Farnsworth House Inn, a brick two-story building with black shutters, is one of the most haunted hotels in Gettysburg.
The Farnsworth House Inn has many reported ghost encounters.

Guests and staff members have reported encounters with apparitions appearing in Civil War-era attire, believed to be soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Farnsworth House Inn is close to the Gettysburg Museum of History and across the street from two Witness Trees that stood during the Battle of Gettysburg.


4. Baladerry Inn

40 Hospital Rd, Gettysburg

The Baladerry Inn was originally built in 1812 as a farmhouse and ,as with many buildings in Gettysburg, it served as a field hospital during the Civil War.

As you can imagine, a field hospital would have seen many horrors during the Civil War. The land the inn sits on has a long list of ghost sightings, many of which have been compiled into a book by the innkeepers.

In addition to sightings of soldiers near the tennis court (a burial site), there have also been reports of a female ghost who can be seen wandering around the Inn. She is believed to be one of the Civil War nurses who tended to the soldiers. 

This Gettysburg haunted bed and breakfast is located in a quiet country setting just outside of town, but is close to important battlefield sites like Little Round Top and Devil’s Den.


5. Tillie Pierce House Inn

301 Baltimore St, Gettysburg

This historic inn is named after Tillie Pierce, a young girl who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg, and who tended to wounded soldiers at the age of 15. She documented the ordeal in a journal, which later became a book called “Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg.”

It is believed her spirit remains in the house, and guests have reported hearing her voice and witnessing objects mysteriously levitating.

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The Inn’s “Blue Room” is believed to be haunted by soldiers whom Tillie once cared for. Guests have reported hearing footsteps marching through the halls and in the attic, while others have witnessed ghostly troops patrolling the stairways.

Though surrounded by a haunting past, the Tillie Pierce Inn is a convenient place to stay.

It is also across the street from the ghost hunting tours of Mark Nesbitt, who wrote the popular Ghosts of Gettysburg series.


6. Brickhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast

452 Baltimore St, Gettysburg

The Brickhouse Inn is thought to be haunted by the spirits of soldiers who once sought refuge there during the battle.

This pre-Civil War era building stood between the Confederates and the Union armies, taking fire from all angles. You can still see the many marks of deadly wayward bullets on its brick walls.

The front of the Brickhouse Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg under gray, cloudy sky.
The Brickhouse B&B has scarred bricks from the Battle of Gettysburg.

Visitors have reported strange noises, doors slamming shut, and apparitions of soldiers appearing in various rooms.

Conveniently located on Baltimore Street, this historic inn makes the perfect location to view the annual Remembrance Day Parade or walk to restaurants and museums.


7. Inn at Herr Ridge

900 Chambersburg Rd, Gettysburg

Established in 1815, this historic inn has been the site of numerous ghostly encounters. Guests have seen spectral figures in the dining area and heard phantom voices and footsteps in the halls.

The Inn at Herr Ridge is one of the Gettysburg haunted Bed and Breakfast Inns.
The Inn at Herr Ridge is a historic Bed and Breakfast outside of Gettysburg.

No wonder! The tavern served as a field hospital for the Confederate Army during the duration of the Civil War. Surgeries, in fact, were performed in rooms 1, 2, and 3.

This B&B offers an excellent place to learn about the history of Gettysburg, along with upscale dining and lodging opportunities.


8. The Gettysburg Battlefield B&B

516 Baltimore St, Gettysburg

The Gettysburg Battlefield Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful property located on the edge of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Guests have reported hearing disembodied voices and seeing ghostly figures wandering the hallways.

A blue sign that says Battlefield Bed and Breakfast with a two story stone building in  the background.
The Battlefield Bed and Breakfast.

The Battlefield B&B offers lots of special events, including historians telling stories about the Battle of Gettysburg. They also do ghost investigations!


9 Cashtown Inn

1325 Old Route 30, Cashtown, PA

The Cashtown Inn, a brick 2-story building with a wrap-around porch is one of the most popular Gettysburg haunted hotels.
The Cashtown Inn is reported to be haunted.

Situated just outside Gettysburg, Cashtown Inn is one of the most haunted inns, with many documented incidents of paranormal activity. Guests have heard phantom footsteps, seen apparitions in period clothing, and experienced objects moving on their own.

Doors have also been seen opening and closing by themselves, along with mysterious knocks on the doors.

Some guests reported hearing stamping hooves outside of their rooms. Unusual lights and apparitions of Confederate soldiers have appeared in photographs taken in and around the inn.

BONUS: Another Gettysburg haunted bed and breakfast is The Gettysburg Academy B&B, which is one of the oldest buildings in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Haunted Hotels: The Best Time To Book

Of course, many people love visiting Gettysburg at Halloween because of the overall spooky atmosphere and lots of special ghost tours.

Halloween is a great time to visit Gettysburg because both the battlefield tours and the many museums are less crowded than during the summer months.

Another great time to visit this haunted town is close to the anniversary date of the Battle of Gettysburg, which is July 1, 2 and 3.

Although the summer months are hot and the town is more crowded, some people report more paranormal activities, especially in the days following the battle.

Whenever you choose to visit, make sure you go to the Gettysburg haunted covered bridge (Sachs Mill) and the Daniel Lady Farm house if you get the chance.

Pro Tip: If you want to stay in one of the Gettysburg haunted hotels, book your room early, no matter what time of year you visit.

A closeup of the North Carolina monument showing a soldier pointing.
A closeup of a part of the North Carolina monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Wrap-Up Of Gettysburg Haunted Hotels

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there’s no denying the powerful impact that the Battle of Gettysburg had on the town and its people.

With so much bloodshed and suffering taking place, it’s no wonder that the spirits of the past still roam the halls of these Civil War era buildings and remain in this haunted town.

Each of these haunted hotels in Gettysburg holds historical significance and will provide guests with a unique experience, whether any paranormal activity occurs or not.

Just remember to book your overnight stay in advance. These haunted Gettysburg hotels fill up fast, especially around Halloween.

What Is THAT?

Here is a video of a ghost on the Gettysburg battlefield. I have seen some strange things in this same area. By booking a stay at one of the Gettysburg haunted hotels listed here, you might witness something for yourself!

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