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The Farnsworth House Inn is one of the most historic buildings in the city of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On the side of the building are all of the bullet holes in the brick wall from its days in the Civil War and the infamous battle. Confederate sharpshooters had taken over the building and were firing at the Union troops, who were peppering the building with rifle-fire. As the fighting continued, the basement was converted to a makeshift hospital - this house was literally involved with the Battle of Gettysburg from the attic down to the basement floor. It's now a B&B with a fine dining restaurant, and a cozy pub (that you see in the photo) that serves great food and spirits.

One of the most notoriously haunted rooms in the Farnsworth House is the Sarah Black room. It was named for the daughter of George and Verna Black, who turned the house into an early B&B called "Sleepy Hollow Lodging." While it's not clear that this was her room, it is at least named in her honor. The room is in the old, original part of the house, and if you look at any photo of the Farnsworth House at the top of the page, it is the top floor, and the top three windows belong to this room. Spirits that reportedly frequent the room are a young boy named Jeremy, and a woman in a blue dress named Mary.

Visitors who stayed in the room often brought toys as "trigger objects" to try to catch the attention of that young boy. The room was once the master bedroom for the house, and the bathroom was actually the child's room. A young boy who lived in the house named Jeremy was run over by a horse-and-carriage in the street below, and was brought back up to the room to await the local physician. When the doctor arrived, his father William is said to have paced the hallways and stairs while his son was being treated - he is said to have pounded on the door, asking for information. Jeremy died that night in the room that is now the bath for the Sarah Black room. Visitors today report the sound of footsteps in the hallway in the night, and an occasional pounding on the door... but when opened, no one is there.

Just above the Sarah Black room is the attic, and one can visit it on the ghost walk associated with the B&B. On one end of the attic is a small window where a Confederate sharpshooter fired at the Union troops. Just behind the sharpshooter were a couple of other soldiers who were loading rifles and passing them to him. It was a continuous assembly line; if the sharpshooter was hit, his body was pulled back, and the next shooter moved up. The bodies were stacked in the far corner of the attic, which you see here. Occasionally, very sensitive people on the tour have seen soldiers in the corner.

For more information about this historic - and haunted - location, visit the Farnsworth House Inn website.


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