Gettysburg: The most haunted place in America

Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the most haunted places in America. If not the most haunted place. Thousands and thousands of men...

Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the most haunted places in America. If not the most haunted place. Thousands and thousands of men died in just a few short days, many of them in excruciating pain. Today the battlefield is rife with paranormal activity, and if you’re brave enough you'll probably experience something unexplainable yourself. 


There's loads of haunted places to visit in America, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Bell Witch Cave, Ohio State Reformatory, and the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum just to name a few. None however as as ghost infested as Gettysburg. The story goes that when the 20th Maine Division arrived they were guided up Little Round Top by what looked very much like an old-fashioned uniformed man riding a pure white horse. If it hadn’t been for this mysterious man, the Union soldiers wouldn’t have been able to flank the Confederates and in the end win the battle. At the time the men claimed that the glowing man (now nicknamed the Phantom on Horseback) looked quite a bit like George Washington.


Often times when you experience the National Military Park at night you’ll see waves of fog rolling across the fields, and sometimes headless horsemen will emerge from the shadows. Some people report seeing strange balls of lightening as well. At Devil’s Den you may come across a young man with a floppy hat, his name is the Helpful Hippy, and after telling you the best angle to take your photo he’ll disappear into thin air. 


Sometimes people will encounter the spirit of a grizzled old man at Little Round Top, he’s seen wearing a burned Union uniform, and he’ll ask you for spare rounds before disappearing altogether. Many spirits are said to haunt Devil’s Den, including the barefoot man who always says the same thing, “What you’re looking for is over there” while pointing towards Plum Run. 


Often times some of the most terrifying experiences people have while at Gettysburg involve the sounds of battle echoes sometimes by ear and often via EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Usually it’s the sound of a battle cry, or men screaming “Charge!” But sometimes it is just the sound of a groups of men talking quietly to one another. 


Gettysburg is one of the most amazing places not only because of the history, but because of the amount of bizarre things that continue happening to visitors on a daily basis. There are easily 50 tours that you can take, and they’re some of the top tours in the country. Guests can take Candlelight Ghost Tours, Ghost Hunts, Confederate Hospital Walking Tours, Haunted Pub Crawls, or investigations of the Farnsworth House Inn … and I’ve only scratched the surface.

Gettysburg is an absolutely spooky, perfect Halloween destination that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but is guaranteed to scare the bejeepers out of you. 


What's that? You want more haunted places? How about taking a Drive down 5 of America’s most haunted roads, if you dare!

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Or, Have a weird weekend in one of America’s creepiest towns: Danvers, MA

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And last but not least... Don't go looking for Hawaii's legendary Nightmarchers. They'll come to you.

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Are you looking for strange and wonderful Halloween spots this fall? Don't worry because we have a guide for that! Look no further for all your Haunted Happenings and Horror-Fueled destinations. Mwahahah! 

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This was originally written for Roadtrippers, a great resource for anyone interested in travel.
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