Dobbin House Tavern

Recognized as not only one of the best restaurants in Gettysburg but also one of the top things to do, the historic Dobbin House Tavern is the oldest standing structure in Gettysburg, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In search of a new life, the Reverend Alexander Dobbin and his wife Isabella Gamble emigrated from Ireland in the mid 1700s. Following his purchase of 300 acres of land in and around Gettysburg in 1774, Dobbin set about building a farm with a sturdy stone house, which became known as the Dobbin House.

Completed in 1776, the Dobbin House served as both a home and classical school (what we’d refer to today as a seminary and liberal arts college). The school was the first of its kind in America west of the Susquehanna River. As time went on, Dobbin House saw many uses, including as a stop on the Underground Railroad and a hospital following the battle of Gettysburg. Today it is a restaurant, colonial tavern, ballroom, store and Inn.

One of guests’ favorite features is the free historic Dobbin House Tour, which will continue to be offered in 2017. If you’d like to see the tour schedule, make a reservation to dine or stay overnight, or just learn more about the Dobbin House, you can visit the Dobbin House website here.