Halloween is fast approaching and soon thousands of ghost hunters will descend upon Gettysburg in search of the supernatural. If you’re familiar with our blog you’ve likely seen some of the stories visitors have shared in the Raising Your Spirits book series. These are just a very small sampling of the stories we hear almost daily, as Gettysburg is the perfect spot to find ghostly activity with all that has occurred here. Famous investigations from some of your favorite ghost hunters including Ghost Hunters, Haunted History, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, and Most Haunted have shown that the spirit realm is quite active here in Gettysburg.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Gettysburg ghostly destinations for those who want to join a ghost hunt or paranormal investigation this fall. Of course if you find anything we’d love to hear your story, just let us know in the comments section below. Feel free to add any of your own favorite ghostly hotspots we may have not included here as well!
- Jennie Wade House – For those unfamiliar with Jennie Wade, she was the lone civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg. Deemed “the most haunted site” in Gettysburg by Most Haunted Live From England on the Travel Channel in 2008, while also making an appearance on Ghost Lab’s “10 Most Haunted” list on the Discovery Channel in 2010, the Jennie Wade house is a great place to begin or end your ghost hunting adventure. There is a Ghostly Encounter Tour, a Walking Tour, and a Midnight Adventure tour on Saturday nights that you can select to get the full experience.
- The Haunted Orphanage – Another Gettysburg attraction holds the distinction of Ghost Adventures Zak Bagins’ “top 10 freakiest places in the USA.” The children’s orphanage in Gettysburg was shut down in the late 1800’s after a cruel headmistress mistress chained the children to the orphanage’s stone walls, and the spirits have remained active here for our Ghostly Encounter Tour, Walking Tour, and Midnight Adventure tour.
- Sachs Covered Bridge – There are so many tales of visitors spotting soldiers, hearing cannon fire and men’s voices in the field, seeing strange lights and fog, or even snapping photos with strange orbs and mists. What will you experience?
- Devil’s Den – A location where many soldiers were picked off by artillery and sharpshooters hiding in the rocks, Devil’s Den is said to be one of the most haunted spots in all of Gettysburg.
- Doubleday Inn – Not so much the Inn itself, but the area around the Doubleday Inn is known as a very lively area for ghostly activity. Iverson’s Pit located nearby is the chilling location where a brigade from North Carolina was slaughtered and then the pit was also used as a mass grave for the soldiers.
- Gettysburg College – Mark Nesbitt, a respected local authority and author on the ghosts of Gettysburg, has shared numerous tales from the school in his Ghost’s of Gettysburg book series. You can imagine why the spirits are active here when you learn that the Pennsylvania Hall building was used as a field hospital during the Civil War.
If you are planning a trip to see the Jennie Wade House and Haunted Orphanage ghostly attractions within the next several weeks we encourage you to call ahead or get your tickets online ahead of time. These tours can sell out quickly and we don’t want you to miss your chance to visit.