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Farnsworth House

Baltimore Street

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


The Farnsworth House Inn, located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a structural piece of American history. The Farnsworth House predates the Civil War, nestled amongst the territory on which took place the bloodiest battle of the campaign. It is constructed in Victorian style, with the bed and breakfast still opened to guests today. And most intriguing, to seekers of the paranormal at least, the Farnsworth House Inn is believed to be one of the most haunted places in America, according to the Travel Channel.


Built in 1810 by John McFarland, the original house stood for 23 years before its current brick exterior was added. During the Civil War, the Sweney family resided in the Farnsworth House. But they did not live alone there for long.


Confederate soldiers found the Farnsworth House to be a perfect location to set up defense for their sharpshooters. The soldiers took up residence and, it is believed, accidentally shot Gettysburg resident, Jennie Wade during the three-day skirmish that ensued between the Confederates inside and the Union Army who challenged them. There are more than 100 bullet holes still visible in the outer wall, which stand as a reminder of the struggle that took place.


The home was deemed the Farnsworth House in memory of Elon John Farnsworth, who was promoted to Brigadier General of the Union Army on the eve of the battle. When it was all over, the Farnsworth House was all but forgotten. It deteriorated over the next century until 1972 when restorations finally began to return the historic site to its former Civil War-era glory.


Most of the floors, walls and rafters that made up the original foundation are still intact today. The guise is so true to date that the menu and fare even matches the cuisine of the 1860’s, as do the costumes of the waiters and other staff members of the Farnsworth House Inn.


But what lies beneath the historic façade of the bed and breakfast is even more fascinating for any fan of the supernatural. The Farnsworth House Inn is not just haunted; it is considered to be a hot bed of paranormal activity. There are said to be 14 known ghosts roaming the grounds, many of which are regulars at the hotel tavern!


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Taken on March 30, 2012