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A Chillingly Haunted Halloween in Gettysburg, PA
Halloween -- the time of year when we all get the chance to let loose and embrace our interest of all things creepy, crawly and scary. Some people enjoy putting together a great costume and carving a jack-o-lantern, and others embrace the paranormal and visit haunted houses and cemeteries. All Hallows Eve is one of the best days of the year to pay a visit to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the most haunted city in the United States.
Gettysburg is rich with history. The city was around long before the Battle of Gettysburg -- in fact, it has over 200 years of history. However, Gettysburg is best known for the part it played during the Civil War: the battle on July 1, 2 and 3 of 1863 that took place in Gettysburg, where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
During a stay in Gettysburg you can visit many haunted places and possibly even have a chance to experience paranormal activity for yourself. This most haunted city in the U.S. has paranormal tours all year since ghosts don't appear on Halloween alone. Throughout the Halloween season you can book special tours. Gettysburg has lots of stories of Civil War ghosts and even some orphan ghosts. The Jennie Wade house, considered to be one of the most haunted houses in the country, is in Gettysburg. The Farnsworth House Inn is also one of the country's most haunted houses.
You can visit the battlegrounds of Gettysburg to experience the history of the place and honor those soldiers who fought and lost their lives. The spirits of the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Gettysburg haunt these battlegrounds. When you tread on these hallowed grounds though, you should be aware that you may be treading on the last resting place of some brave soldier, so always walk with care and respect for the dead. Every Saturday in October, the first Saturday of November and every holiday weekend, you can take a bus tour of these battle grounds, including Sachs Covered Bridge and Herr's Ridge. You will also be entertained and awed with some of the spookiest ghost stories you may ever have the chance to hear.
Jennie Wade House
The Jennie Wade House is also a fantastically haunted house in the U.S. Jennie Wade was the only innocent civilian to be killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Her house is now a museum that shows its visitors what a home would have looked like during 1863. It has even preserved the bullet holes where the shots that killed Jennie Wade passed through the door. You can take a tour of the house and nearby cemetery, and hear about the paranormal activities people have experienced. There are supposed to be cold spots that roam the house and other examples of those on the other side. The truly courageous or those that have a desire to experience the presence of ghosts can brave the "Midnight in a Haunted House Tour" of the Jennie Wade house where you will hear the tales of the haunting, stand in the spot where Jennie Wade died, and when the lights go out at midnight you may even get to see some of the resident ghosts.
Gettysburg is also home to a haunted orphanage. Here you can take tours to the cellar where orphans were chained to the wall along with other horrors. You can also take the "Midnight Orphanage Tour" where you take a spooky midnight tour of the cellar. In the darkness of the cellar with the Medium, you may even experience the makings of your own ghost story.
The Historic Farnsworth House
The Historic Farnsworth House also has a history of paranormal activity. At this location they offer a variety of ghost walks including the Confederate Hospital Ghost Walk, the East Cemetery Hill Ghost Walk and the Mature Tour, which features content not appropriate for children. Every tour occurs at night, guided by lantern light. You can also visit the Mourning Theater where you hear the local ghost stories, or you could spend some time in the new Seance Room.