History of Lightner Farmhouse

Established in 1997

Lightner Farmhouse is a federal-style brick home built in 1862 by Isaac Lightner, an Adams County sheriff and farmer. We have carefully preserved the original character of Isaac Lightner’s home, including the wide moldings, random-plank floors, and four fireplaces.

Relax in front of the old beehive oven when you rent the Walnut Cottage, a leftover of the summer kitchen built by Isaac Lightner. It was in this oven that bread was baked for Union soldiers in 1863.

With the entire property used as a Federal hospital for 200 wounded soldiers following the Battle of Gettysburg, today the Farmhouse offers the feel of history with modern comforts and extraordinary hospitality. Ask Eileen to show you the relics found on the property and the blood stains on the parlor floor.

All within minutes of the Gettysburg National Battlefield and historic town.

We look forward to your stay.


Eileen and Dennis Hoover,innkeepers since 1996