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Hunting ghosts in Gettysburg

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By Wayne Lazarus on October 11th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

One intriguing way to see a place is to experience its ghosts. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, perhaps because it is the site of what is considered by many to be the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, has a lot of psychic activity (and a number of ghost tour groups.) While “ghost-hunting” is not allowed inside the National Park, a visit to the park will give you a better understanding of the tragedy and pathos of this place during that time.  The new Gettysburg National Military park Museum and Visiors Center opened in 2008 and includes the rehabilitated “Battle of Gettysburg” cyclorama, painted by Paul Philippoteaux, originally exhibited in Boston in 1884.  Visitors can see the park on foot, or tour the battlefield with a number of tour guides, from bus to horseback to Segway.1014_hi

The town itself has plenty to interest visitors, with little shops, theater, golf and other historic areas. Ghost tour operators include Blue Moon Tours via a Trolley ride (“to the other side.”) Candlelight walking tours are conducted by Civil War Hauntings (with free use of an electronic ghost finder,) Haunted Gettysburg Tours (based on the six-book series Haunted Gettysburg by Bob Wasel,) Ghostly Images (concludes inside a haunted house,) the Historic Farnsworth House and Mourning Theater (includes night vision sensors and infrared viewers) and Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg (operated by a direct descendant of the Codori Farm owners, site of Pickett’s charge.)1191_hi

In 2008, Haunted America Tours named Gettysburg the third most haunted city in America, and for the year beginning October 2009, the website’s readers have chosen Ghosts of Gettysburg as number one in its Top Ten Best and Most Haunted Ghost Tours of the USA. Created by historian, researcher and author Mark Nesbitt, Ghosts of Gettysburg offers four walking tours, one bus tour of the area and has scheduled a “virtual paranormal conference” in November. Gettysburg itself was named in September 2009 by Budget Travel Magazine as one of the ’8 places every American should see.’ (Photos courtesy Gettysburg CVB, used with permission.)

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