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Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

1. Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

2. 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.

Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

3. Gettysburg: Historic Downtown Food Tour

Join a guided food tour around Gettysburg and meet fellow food lovers. Enjoy exploring an array of food spots famous amongst the locals, taste historical dishes, and hear all about the Civil War stories from your guide. Meet your guide at the Sweet! The Candy Store, to begin your tour. Marvel at the shop stocked with jawbreakers, bubblegum, fudge, taffy, and many sour sweets to make your tongue twist. Feeling the sugar rush? No worries, you will leave the candy store and head to Blue Gray Bar and Grill. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of german pretzels and the iconic Philly Cheesesteak. Fancy a cold Irish pint? No problem, our next stop is the Garryowen Irish Pub. Learn all about how Irish soldiers beat back Pickett's Charge in the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  In between food, you will hear all the tales and secrets of the Gettysburg Hotel, the Union Hotel, and the David Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln prepared the iconic Gettysburg Address.  Enjoy an unforgettable tasting adventure with other foodies that you won't forget.

Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

4. Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Downtown Gettysburg at your own pace with a self-guided audio walking tour. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center, the National Cemetery, the Witness Tree, and much more. Download your Action Tour Guide application and start your tour at the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Head north toward the National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address. Learn next about the Jenny Wade House, the only civilian casualty in the whole battle. Note; This 1+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Downtown Gettysburg in 1-1.5 hours. Then, it’s on to the Children of Gettysburg museum, full of exhibits about those oft-forgotten witnesses to all the bloodshed. Admire the Witness Tree, where Lincoln's carriage passed on his way to deliver his speech. Pass the home of Hettie Shriver, and find out why she went out of the frying pan and into the fire. At the Pierce House Inn, learn of the home to a young girl who became an unlikely combat medic during and after the battle, See the Gettysburg Museum of history, a private collection of over 4,000 war-related artifacts, and learn about modern-day grave robbers. The next landmark you’ll pass is a peculiar one—the remnants of an old cannon! Then there’s the Adams County Courthouse, which became an impromptu hospital for wounded soldiers as the fighting raged on. Afterward, you’ll pass the site where Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once had an office. His name might not be as well-remembered as Lincoln’s, but he’s definitely a hero worth knowing. Then, past a life-size Lincoln statue perfect for photo ops, you’ll find the David Wills House, where the real Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address. Get to the Gettysburg Hotel, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in town. Finally, after hearing about the battle’s devastating aftermath, you’ll arrive at the train station which became an emergency medical station after the fighting had concluded at long last.

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4.5
(453 reviews)

I was VERY pleased with Jeff. Very knowledgeable about many things having to do with the war and that particular time period. I didn't have many questions for him, but the ones I did, he was able to answer without hesitation. As he went through his dialogue, I was able to put all the pieces together and form a good mental picture of what he was explaining. I highly recommend him. 5 stars for sure!

Awesome!! Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. We had a beautiful night in December. We actually saw a ghost!!! It was great!

Jenn was a great guide.. it was freezing cold and she went the extra mile to show us a good tour

Jim was our guide and he did an amazing job. Would definitely recommend

Very informative and got 2 great photos of faces in pictures