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Special Events

Paranormal Investigations

Ghost at Lightner Farmhouse Paranormal Investigation
If you would like to do some private investigation of the Inn while you are an overnight guest here, you may rent equipment from us for $15 per night. Eileen will give a brief explanation of how to use the equipment, where to look for possible activity etc.

History and Haunts Paranormal Investigators can be hired for a formal investigation by phoning 443-244-0894. Although new to the Lightner Farmhouse in 2015, they have a long history of paranormal investigating and we look forward to working with them to give our guests a great experience.

History and Hospitality Weekends on the Farm

Sponsored by the Inns of the Gettysburg Area and hosted by Dennis and Eileen at the Lightner Farmhouse, these weekends are an escape into history and hospitality. Please phone us at (866) 337-9508 for more information. The Lightner Farmhouse was used as a Civil War hospital by the 1st Corp of the Federal army following the Battle of Gettysburg. Much if its history has been preserved and the Hoovers are happy to share it with you. Feel free to borrow a battlefield auto tour for your free time during the weekend.

Upcoming History Weekends Include:

One Continuous Fight with author J D Petruzzi on August 20, 2016
This is a weekend event for guests of the Lightner Farmhouse exclusively. JD will speak at breakfast on Saturday morning to introduce the tour which will follow the retreat of the Confederate army after their defeat at Gettysburg and the pursuit of them by the Union army. This tour will take us into Maryland and we will carpool. JD will have copies of his book for sale or purchase one previous to the weekend to study the retreat route ( sells them and the title is One Continuous Fight. Cost is room rental plus $40 per person.

General Chamberlain comes to Gettysburg on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Enjoy a Luncheon Buffet at the Dobbin House restaurant with General Chamberlain and then meet him on the Battlefield where he will conduct a tour of the 20th Maine monument and surrounding area. Cost is $40 per person for adults, $30 for children.

Christmas Open House Tour of B&B’s and local properties on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Stay with us at discounted off season rates plus receive a complimentary tour ticket. The Outlet Mall is 1/2 mile from our B&B and this will give you time to purchase Christmas gifts. Just ask Eileen for complimentary wrapping paper.

President Lincoln comes to Gettysburg on February 4, 2017. Meet for lunch at the Dobbin House restaurant with a Virtual Tour of the National Cemetery by historian John McTague. Following lunch we will be entertained by stories from the President himself. $45 for adults, $35 for children.

Irish at Gettysburg on March 18, 2017. We will meet General Hancock on the battlefield at 1 PM for a walking tour of the route of the Irish on the second day of the Battle. In the evening we will have dinner at the Dobbin House restaurant. Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr will talk after dinner. Cost is $55 for adults, $40 for children.


“We stayed at the Lightner Farmhouse and loved every minute of it. Eileen, Dennis and their housekeeper Bettie were gracious hosts. Breakfast was very good. Having read over 50 books on the Battle of Gettysburg as well as visiting the Battlefield many many times, I never stayed overnight in Gettysburg. I live just less than 3 hours away from Gettysburg and always did day trips. There was a special connection made staying at the Lightner Farmhouse. I would of never made that connection if all I did was day trips to this beautiful and historic area. I highly recommend the Lightner Farmhouse B&B and I hope to use it for my upcoming annual Gettysburg visits- no more day trips for us!”