A Confederate soldier casualty has been a permanent guest.
Being a little mischievous, he likes to startle others for chuckles.
The Cashtown Inn is a 200 + year old, 3 story establishment which was well built and well-maintained throughout its history of many owners. The first floor offers two different, full service places to enjoy the inn’s fine cooking. The traditional tavern and a newly renovated dining room are open for lunch and dinner, Tuesdays through Saturday.
The Cashtown Inn is an upscale bed and breakfast, with some lovely rooms to choose from, all which take one back in time with its antique furnishings yet offer modern comforts, like private baths, to make one’s stay enjoyable!
1797 Pettigrew Room — An original guest room with a queen size iron bed.
Imboden Room — Another original guest room which has a queen four-poster bed and a lovely view of the South Mountain.
A.P. Hill Room — This original guest room has a queen-size lace canopy bed and view of the village.
Heth Room — the most famous room with double four-poster bed. Probably Lee or some other famous person slept here.
The suites are bigger with two rooms, come with more bells and whistles as the price is a little bit more. They can sleep 4 people as well.
Pender Suite — Is located at the rear of the Inn, with a private entrance and porch. It offers a Queen-size four-poster bed in bedroom, and queen-size sleeper sofa in living room. Comes with cable TV and VCR. Perfect for families with children.
Anderson Suite — is also located at the rear of the Inn with its own private entrance and porch. Comes with cable TV and VCR
General Lee Suite — Is the best room in the inn, located under the eaves on the third floor. It has a glorious King size iron bed with a pillow top mattress in master bedroom, and a Queen-size sleeper sofa in living room. Comes with TV, VCR, refrigerator.
This solidly built, red brick Cashtown Inn was constructed in 1797 with the purpose of being the first stage coach stop west of Gettysburg which was part of the Chambersburg Turnpike which was brand new way back in 1797! For its entire existence, the Cashtown Inn has served the traveler and in the 20th, 21st century, people on a holiday, or romantic weekend.
Being only 8.79 miles from the town of Gettysburg meant that this inn was in a strategic spot during the Civil War as well. While it doesn’t have a cannon ball or bullets in the wall, historians have stated “that more Confederate soldiers passed through the front door of the Cashtown Inn than any other building north of Richmond.”
During the time of the Gettysburg campaign of 1863, Confederate General A.P. Hill picked the Cashtown Inn to be his headquarters, moving his 22,000 soldiers into the town and areas around it to camp. It is such a small town, it is hard to imagine where they all stayed. Plus General Lee met with General Hill here in 1863 as depicted by a renowned Civil War artist, Dale Gallon, who painted a rendition of this meeting.
After the three day battle at Gettysburg, the lucky wounded who survived the meatball surgery experience were transferred to this inn, and evacuated from this area, under the direction of General John Imboden.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Many wounded soldiers passed through the Cashtown Inn. Undoubtedly a few died of their injuries.
Confederate Soldier Spirit
The entity of a Confederate soldier has moved into the Cashtown Inn for at least 100 years or more, becoming more active during the summer months.
The Battle of Gettysburg happened over a three day period in July.
During the last restoration of this inn, this spirit was very active.
An old picture taken across the street of the Cashtown Inn in 1895, caught the image of this male entity dressed in a confederate uniform, standing on the front porch.
This picture was used in the inn’s brochure.
Actual Experiences with this Spirit
This same apparition is seen walking around the halls and has been know to appear on occasion in a guest’s room, for chuckles.
The living hear his footfalls in the attic and also gets his chuckles by knocking on Room 4 in the middle of the night.
As Tom and I just missed the 2:00 PM deadline to eat lunch at the Cashtown Inn, because we had spent the morning tromping around the Gettysburg Battlefield, and were delayed, so we ate our lunch at the store/little eatery down the street. Tom asked the owner and cook of this little place about the Confederate ghost at the Cashtown Inn. She related the story to us how a really upset woman had left the inn abruptly just that morning because this male entity appeared in her room and sat in the chair across from her bed.
Oh yes indeed, by a young, male entity, a Confederate soldier who enjoys the inn and gets his chuckles by teasing the living just a little.
Patty Wilson and Scott Crownover, founders of the Ghost Research Foundation are planning an investigation on Halloween 2006, with people willing to pay the price of admission. An ad at the Cashtown Inn website explains,”Patty Wilson and Scott Crownover will guide you on a real ghost hunt and offer instruction on the equipment used in a scientific investigation. Patty and Scott will explain their theories as to why ghosts or entities can be detected and recorded in a tangible way. The exciting investigation will include examples of ghosts talking on audio, as well as orbs and ghosts captured on video and still photographs. Then during the Private Investigation, Patty and Scott will be working with you side by side to try and detect the ghosts of the Cashtown Inn!”
If we lived in Pennsylvania, Tom and I would be there!
1325 Old Route 30, P.O. Box 103
Cashtown, PA 17310
The Cashtown Inn is located by the side of Old Route 30, about 8 miles west of Gettysburg.
- HAUNTED PLACES: The National Directory
by William Dennis Hauck, The Penguin Group, 2001
- The Cashtown Inn Information Brochure
Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr