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Learn to use ghost hunting equipment at Farnsworth House Ghost Hunts

Ghost hunting is an expensive hobby. It takes a lot of time, practice and research—though beginners often have luck in known haunted locations such as Gettysburg. The Farnsworth House conducts two ghost hunts each night. Guests learn how to use various ghost hunting equipment and are then allowed to wander around in search of Civil War ghosts.

Tours cost $16 per person and children under 12 are not admitted. If you’re really interested in well-researched ghost tales, personal experiences and using the equipment that might otherwise cost days of your time and hundreds of dollars, this is an excellent value. You’ll also learn a bit about the Farnsworth House and its eerie past—like other Civil War homes in the areas, it was used to store corpses during the war.

Guests are welcome to bring their own ghost hunting equipment to supplement what is provided. Guests occasionally bring cameras, digital video recorders and computers to conduct more comprehensive research on-site. Tour guides and their stories, however, are copyrighted and must not be recorded.

To sign up for a tour, you must purchase tickets in advance at the Farnsworth House Gift Shop. The shop accepts cash and credit cards. If you’re into collecting, they also sell rare items and tourist novelties at this shop at prices a bit more reasonable than some nearby stores. When you purchase the tickets, one member of the party must also provide a driver’s license. Your license number is recorded in the event of equipment theft.

The tour begins on the porch of the Farnsworth House with a guide dressed in clothing from the Civil War era. Guests follow the tour guide into a cellar and learn a bit about the house, its ghostly inhabitants and the ghost hunting equipment. The guide demonstrates how to answer equipment and leaves plenty of room for questions.

Each group gets a bag of ghost hunting equipment which may include dowsing rods, digital voice recorders for EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) and laser tracking devices. The guide also explains what to look for and how to use your body to sense a ghost’s presence. The guide then provides a bit of practice time in the basement for guests to learn about the equipment and ask further questions.

When the training and story section is complete, guests follow the guide to a nearby field. The guide ensures the safety of the group at crosswalks and checks to see that the group has stayed together. Upon arrival at the field, the guide provides limits and boundaries and some information on the site. The guide also suggests asking more original questions since these ghosts are presumably questioned frequently by many tourists passing through.

At the completion of the 30 allotted minutes, guests return to the guide and share their experiences, hand in the equipment, then return to the downtown area to disburse.

HelloMetro Tip: This is an excellent introduction to ghost hunting; the guide is also sure to answer all questions about using the equipment. Many guests tire of the ghost hunt after about 15 minutes, perhaps not understanding that televised ghost hunts are shortened and last al night with much more equipment. For the best experience, allow yourself five minutes with each provided piece of equipment, then return to your favorite device with your remaining five minutes.


Posted on August 11, 2010 by Tara M. Clapper
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Farnsworth House
401 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA

(717) 334-8838


Getting Here
From Philadelphia: Take I-76 west towards Harrisburg for about 90 miles. Take the US-15 exit (236) towards Gettysburg for about 27 miles. Take the York Road exit. At the traffic circle, take the third right towards Baltimore Street. Destination on right.

$16.00 per person; no one under 12 allowed

Metered parking along Baltimore and Steinwehr Sts.

8:45 and 10:30 p.m. nightly
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