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Although the Civil War is over many are still fighting in Gettysburg

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Ghosts, Ghosts Everywhere

  • Mar 13, 2010
 I have been to Gettysburg one time and one time only and that was on a full-fledged ghost trip. After arriving in Gettysburg you kind of get the feel that people there are really all about the way things used to be. The buildings are mostly from the Civil War era while plaques dictate how each building was used during the war and if anyone notable was there. Then we have the "new side" of town where psychics, ghosts tours and everyrthing paranormal line the streets. When the sun sets you can't go anywhere without seeing a ghost tour, but I must admit I was on one of them and had a blast.

After a nice bus tour around the battle fields and a few stories from our guide about certain places that have seen some spirits, it was time to do some exploring on my own. There are a few cemeteries in the area and one right outside of the main part of town. There you can walk through cement plaques that have stood there since the war. It's an odd feeling to walk around where so many people died and is still the deadliest war town the country. I can't say I saw any spirits on the walk through the cemetery but I did get a few good pictures. Mostly just of orbs but nothing more, but at least it's fun to think it was a spirit!

On to the actual ghost tour. The story teller told us a few good tales about ghosts being seen in the town. One dealt with a women who would make bread for the soldiers in the hospital every day and yet even years later you can still smell the scent of bread wafting down the street. Then there is the story of a creek, which is now under the ground, where people get their ankles grabbed at. Apparently many Confederate soldiers were so weak that when it rained, they washed into the creek and ended up drowning to death. It's a bit strange but apparently true. Several others stories are told throughout the town and I'm sure each tour you go on the more and more you will hear. 

I had fun visiting Gettysburg and would do it again, I just wish I would have seen an actual ghost and had an actual "experience".
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Although known primarily as an attraction because of its proximity to the Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the Battle of Gettysburg, the borough is also known for its institutions of higher learning, namely the Lutheran Theological Seminary, founded in 1826, Gettysburg College (originally Pennsylvania College), which began operating in 1832, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Many roads radiate from Gettysburg, providing hub-like access to Baltimore (52 miles/84 kilometers), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (38 miles/61kilometers), Carlisle (30 miles/48 kilometers), Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland (25 and 30 miles, or 40 and 48 kilometers, respectively), and Washington, D.C. (90 miles/145 kilometers). Chambersburg is 25 miles (40 km) west on the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30), the first transcontinental U.S. highway. Today the borough is a 2½ hour drive from Philadelphia and a 3½ hour drive from Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 15. Gettysburg Regional Airport, a small general aviation airport, is located 2 miles (4 km) west of Gettysburg.
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