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The Historic and Haunted Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg

The Historic and Haunted Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania    

The house is named in honor of Brigadier General Elon John Farnsworth, who led an ill-fated charge after the failure of Pickett's charge, claiming the lives of Farnsworth and 65 of his men.

The original part of the house was built in 1810, followed by the brick structure in 1833. The house sheltered Confederate sharpshooters during the three-day conflict, one of whom it is believed to have accidentally shot 20 year-old Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade, the only civilian who died during the battle. More than 100 bullet holes pock the walls. Following the battle, the house served as a hospital. 


The Lincoln procession passed the Farnsworth House on November 19, 1863, on the way to the National Cemetery where he delivered the famous Gettysburg Address. Harvey Sweney, the owner of the house during the battle, composed a letter to his brother, penning the most insightful and powerful account ever written on the subject.  

Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast guests enjoy lovely Victorian rooms. For a dining experience reminiscent of the Civil War era, our Meade and Lee dining rooms offer Pennsylvania Dutch and period fare served by period dressed servers. Our family friendly Sweeney's Tavern features a vast collection of props from the movie, Gettysburg. The attic holds a personal collection of Civil War artifacts. The Farnsworth House has won many awards and recognition over the years. A&E, BBC, Food Network, Discovery, History, Sci-Fi, and Travel Channels.

The Farnsworth House Inn is in good company. Fine Living Magazine puts it in the same category as the legendary Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has the same distinction as the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach and the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River Massachussetts. Whats the connection? They are all among the most haunted locations in America.

Historic and Haunted Farnsworth House InnFarnsworth House Inn Ghosts

Ghosts in the Farnsworth House Inn
The house is said to be haunted by no fewer than 14 ghosts. There used to be 16, but a couple of years ago, they conducted a "ghost release" ceremony and advised any spirits who wished to leave instructions on how to pass the veil. Only two took them up on the offer. In particular, the ghost they call "Mary" seems to be the main spirit. She is said to come to those in suffering or discomfort, and attempts to comfort them, often laying down on the bed with the visitor. There is also the ghost of a small boy who was killed by a horse & carriage in front of the house while playing, and the ghost of his distraught father has been seen as well. The sounds of rebel soldiers moving trunks in the attic are often heard, while footsteps and voices are heard with no human source.

One of the story tellers in the Mourning Theater has seen the same three Civil War soldiers several times, often with one mortally wounded and calling to her. The second floor bathroom has been reported to have blood running down its walls, presumably from a dead soldier in the attic above. See the upcoming Farnsworth Stories section for more details.

For more information

The Farnsworth House Inn
401 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 334-8838


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