The Lightner Farmhouse sits back from the road amidst acres of fields, forests and walking paths to the White Run. Nature lovers and hikers will love staying at this historic inn built in 1862. Dennis mows pathways through the fields so you can easily find your way to the creek and Eileen has prepared a map of the 15 acres of nature you can stroll during your stay. During our stay the wild phlox was in bloom throughout the area and Eileen's personal garden was bursting with color. Many times our trips into nature were made more fun by the presence of Jezebel, the farmhouse cat who is extremely friendly to all guests (she is not allowed inside so do not be bribed by her pretty eyes and friendly manner).
Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted and given a short tour and history of the inn. We knew right away that Dennis and Eileen were fun folks. We stayed in the Oak room on the second floor. This room was rumored to be haunted by Isaac Lightner (the builder of the home) but he didn't make any appearances while we were there. This room is spacious and has a wonderful shady view of the courtyard plus a view of Eileen's garden. The bathroom was roomy and also had a window looking over the courtyard.
Because we love paranormal investigations, we booked a tour with Betty Roche - the Lightner housekeeper by day and paranormal expert at night with her company Gettysburg Paranormal Society. She gave us a choice between the Sachs covered bridge or checking out the grounds of the farmhouse. We chose the Sachs bridge and were not disappointed!! Check out my full review on her company for more details of our experiences.
Both Eileen and Dennis gave us great tips on how to tour the Gettysburg battlefield. We opted for the 3-hour bus tour so we could get acquainted with the area, and then drove our car later that day to several key spots that we wanted to explore more. We only spent one day in Gettysburg and we suggest that you spend at least 3 days to take in the whole impact of what occurred in this town.
The breakfasts always started with fresh fruit followed by an egg dish OR pancakes/waffles/french toast. They also serve excellent coffee, teas and fresh juices along with pastries. You will not leave the dining room hungry! Eileen also accommodates all dietary needs/restrictions. I am a vegetarian and was extremely satisfied with my options.
We also took advantage of the warm, fresh-baked cookies Eileen provided in the afternoon. A great way to relax after a busy day.
Our next trip to Gettysburg will be much longer and we'll be staying, once again, at the Lightner.
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