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Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

1. Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

Be curious and learn about the haunted history of Gettysburg. This 1-hour haunted ghost tour is for all who wish to see Gettysburg through a unique lens.  Meet your guide and head to the Farnsworth House. Now a bed and breakfast, it was once the territory of Confederate snipers during the Battle of Gettysburg. As one of the town’s most haunted places, the Confederate soldiers have long since passed, but some continue to feel their presence.  Head to the now-closed Hall of Presidents. This former wax museum has a deep-rooted history of paranormal activity. The Hall was filled with wax figures of every American President and First Lady, darkly built on a former Civil War burial ground. Learn about the building's interesting history. The final destination of this tour is the beautiful Gettysburg Hotel which is haunted by two spirits, man and woman, from wartime. They share a mysterious and deep bond, learn their secret known by only a small few.

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Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Gettysburg’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. The tour follows the intense 3-day battle at Gettysburg chronologically. It begins at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, where you learn about the lead-up to the battle. Then, you explore McPherson’s Ridge, the site of the first skirmish of the first day. From there, you continue past the Railway Cut, Iverson’s Pits, and Seminary Ridge until you reach the end of Day 1. As you continue to follow the route, begin Day 2 with an exploration at Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Peach Orchard, and Culp’s Hill. Day 3 then begins with the infamous Pickett’s Charge. This comprehensive tour ends at the Gettysburg Cemetery, where you hear Lincoln’s poignant Gettysburg Address.

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Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

3. Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

Optimize your experience of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a private tour with an official licensed guide. Explore the battlefield conveniently and comprehensively in your own vehicle, while stopping discover to some areas up close on foot. During your tour, make the most of a private setting offering you ample opportunity to learn little known facts about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, and have all of your questions answered by your expert guide. Your guide will meet you at the Soldier's National Cemetery Parking lot and then drive your vehicle to the Gettysburg Battlefield to conduct the tour. As all guides are licensed and insured by the Department of the Interior, only they are permitted to drive your vehicle through the battlefield.

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Gettysburg: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Gettysburg: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience a ghost-themed, self-guided driving tour in Gettysburg via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Hear about spooky events and visit the most haunted spots. From the Gettysburg Heritage Center, set out on a loop around the Gettysburg battlefield. Begin your tour by learning why Gettysburg and the battlefield are so haunted via expert narrator and author Mark Nesbitt. Then, visit Oak Ridge and hear the harrowing tale of the brigadier general who sent his men to certain doom. Afterward, visit the site of General Lee’s headquarters on Seminary Ridge and hear a chilling account of a soldier who was buried alive. Hear the true stories of unexplainable events visitors have witnessed, from noises in the attic to an unwelcome house guest. Pass by Schmucker Hall on Seminary Ridge and hear about the countless amputations that took place when the hall became a makeshift hospital. Continuing on, stop by the very spot where people have seen the ghost of John Reynolds, a soldier whose love for the woman he never had the chance to marry could never be forgotten, not even after death. Then, hear about the collision between the worlds of the living and the dead that took place during a routine reenactment of the battle. Hear how reenactors found themselves momentarily engulfed by an unexplainable cold darkness. After that, swing by the Eisenhower Farm, where doors slam and footsteps echo through the home even though no one lives there anymore. Benefit from animated videos to visualize different centuries and interior rooms. At Little Round Top, listen to accounts of a mysterious stranger visitors have seen on this bloodied hilltop. Then visit the Valley of Death, the site of historic violence and a lingering presence from the past. But not all ghosts on this tour are evil. Visit the Devil’s Den and hear about a soldier who suffered through the worst of the battle, yet sometimes offers help to visitors who get lost among the boulders. Heading toward the infamously haunted Weikert house, learn about film crews who have tried for years to capture the supernatural phenomena of this landscape. Hear the shocking things they’ve uncovered during their time here after dark. Near the end of the tour, arrive at the site of Pickett’s Charge, where countless men were sent to their deaths. Hear how many were never able to reconcile with their senseless ends and continue to haunt this field.

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Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

Experience the battle of Gettysburg on this action-packed self-guided tour of the battlefield. Feel the weight of history as you explore the site and hear the powerful accounts and stories of the soldiers who fought. Start your self-guided audio and GPS tour at the parking area outside Devil’s Den before heading towards the battlefield. Meet the commanders: Union General Daniel Sickles, and Confederate General James Longstreet. Step back in time as you enter Devil’s Den and watch the Union bring out their cannons and sharpshooters. Then, follow the route of the inevitable Confederate advance, aided by cannon fire. Next stop: the monument dedicated to the Orange Blossoms regiment. Hear the desperation of the Union and admire the heroism displayed by the soldiers of the 124th New York Regiment. Afterward, visit the monument to the Pennsylvania and Maine soldiers who gave everything to prevent the Confederates from taking Devil’s Den. Hear accounts describing how the struggle broke into chaos with bitter brawls taking place among the boulders. Immerse yourself in the pandemonium and gunsmoke as you follow in their footsteps. Finally, arrive at the end of the path and watch the final results of the conflict unfold. Take time to contemplate the weight of this battle and its place in American history.

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Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

6. Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Join your knowledgeable local guide for a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of the center portion of downtown Gettysburg, which was the heartbeat of the city in 1863. Examine the accounts of several of the city's civilians that lived in the same areas you will be walking through. Hear stories of the residents, who were reluctant witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg. The war didn't happen just on the battlefield as you will come to find out. Travel back in time and learn about the existing structures and what the town looked like in 1863. Although you've learned about the Battle of Gettysburg in history class, on this tour you will hear, described in detail, how the events actually unfolded in July of 1863 and how the local residents remembered them. This tour is their story, about life in the middle of an urban battlefield.

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Gettysburg: Battlefield Audio Tour for Driving and Walking

7. Gettysburg: Battlefield Audio Tour for Driving and Walking

Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. Relive the battle strategies of Gettysburg generals. Embark on an adventure that brings this historic three-day battle to life. Journey through Gettysburg by vehicle and on foot, and learn about the bravery and humanity of individual soldiers. Hear the history of sites like Seminary Ridge. Visit the battlefield and imagine watching the fighting unfold from your vantage point. Let your audio guide make Gettysburg come alive as you walk through the boulder-strewn landscape of Devil’s Den. Feel transported back in time amongst the towering boulders and alien landscape. Imagine soldiers, generals, and cannoneers battling around you. Uncover the history of sites like Little Round Top, as you learn about the frantic maneuvering and raw courage of Union soldiers. Hear too about the ghosts of the battlefield. Uncover the mysterious, inexplicable events which still take place there, as the history of this battle lives on.

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Gettysburg: Seminary Ridge Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Gettysburg: Seminary Ridge Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour taken on an app, explore Seminary Ridge where some of the fiercest fighting took place during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hear the story of the soldiers and civilians who put everything on the line during this historic confrontation. Begin your journey in the center of the seminary, by the Seminary Ridge Museum. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route via the app that will be your guide, narrator, and map in one. Start by diving into the long history of the institution and its importance to the town of Gettysburg. As you walk the hallowed paths, step into the shoes of a seminary student back in the 1800s and get introduced to what life looked like before war came to the town. Hear some insights into the Iroquois who once occupied this land and whom General Robert E. Lee respected immensely. You’ll see the home of the seminary’s founder, Samuel Schmucker, and learn why he was practically an outcast among the Lutheran community. Then, feel the tension in the air as the townsfolk rush to read the news every day, watching the war draw closer to their front doors. Headlines like “Lee Invades the North” and “Confederates Advancing Toward Gettysburg” do not bode well for our townspeople. Follow the lines of battle as they’re drawn by both sides and hear how the explosive battle began. Visit the seminary building which became an impromptu Union hospital when the fighting started going south. Next, follow the struggle blow-by-blow, from the fighting atop McPherson’s Ridge to the Confederate assault on the seminary itself. Become a fly on the wall in the command outposts of Generals Buford and Ewell as they vie for control of the battlefield. But it wasn’t just soldiers fighting during the battle. Visit the home of John Burns, a feisty old man who decided if the Union couldn’t fend off the Confederates, he’d just do it himself. Toward the end of the path, survey the final bursts of combat and get an overview of the aftermath of all the bloodshed, both for the seminary and for the Union. The tour will conclude back where it began.

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From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

9. From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Washington DC and heads to the historical Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Arrive at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum first, and learn about the Gettysburg Battle and its outcome on the Civil War. Next, enjoy a two hour guided tour of the infamous Gettysburg Battlefield. Walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought across these vast grasslands. Hear stories of how the battle was fought, which sadly took 51,000 casualties. Enjoy time for lunch at the charming Dobbin House Tavern or General Pickett’s Buffet (meal not included), then head back to DC.

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Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

10. Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Downtown Gettysburg and embark on a journey back in time to the Civil War. On this 2-hour walking tour, learn about the Civil War from the unique perspective of the ordinary townspeople who lived in Gettysburg. Against the backdrop of historical Baltimore Street, discover how local residents were terrorized after being trapped between 2 warring armies. See the historic buildings and monuments along Baltimore Street, and with the help of your expert guide, compare the existing structures to what the town looked like in 1863. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the former home of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the Civil War. Listen to stories about Jennie’s life as a local in Gettysburg and how she came to be the town’s most famous resident.

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We went on the ghost tour with Jim (Séamus) on the 28th Dec 2021 and had a wonderful time! He was a great storyteller and made the sights on Baltimore Street come alive. Great way to spend an evening. Highly recommend.

Our group really enjoyed our walking tour! Ken was an excellent tour guide. He was very animated and shared an amazing amount of detail of what was happening in town during the conflict at Gettysburg.

Rich was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and clearly communicated details about the battles and folks involved in the battles. Would strongly encourage others to utilize this service.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Truly a terrific experience.

So much history that you can truly see, hear and feel!