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... exhibit on another trip - and today was the day. It did remind me of our trip with Maui as one of the last places we took her. :-( as she came with Zach and me to visit my parents. Of course, that was also our last trip to their house outside Pinehurst. Given Maui no longer with us and parents sold their house, really glad we took the time for that vacation/road trip. Anyhow, the inside exhibits are free. While the place is relatively small, it is packed ...
... that someone from this region would be such a world traveler. "I'm Canadian--moved to this area." That explains it... We get to talking about the difference between Canada and the US, she confirms my theory of how America being based on rebellion shaped our culture differently. "But Canada is becoming more like America" she says somberly. "It's going from a socialist democracy to being a country run by corporations..." And with that, my day hike comes to an ...
... walking around to see the whole 360 degree view. These date back to the late 1800's and were found in a warehouse with watermarks and lots of damage. They have now been restored and are amazingly beautiful. Also a strong reminder of the massive fighting that these men were engaged in.
The photos will be the rest of the "history lesson"....
... 200 of them marched two days to join the older confederate soldiers. Seven (?) of them were killed in the battle. With so many thousands of deaths in the Civil War, this was a small loss of men, but it was a huge windfall for The Virginia Military Institute who have used the story to recruit patriots to their freshman class ever since.
The MUST SEE museum if you like Civil War history is Gettysburg. We stopped there on our way from Washington, ...
... Appalachian one...
But in the end I decided to just make the 20 mile detour and include another full size city in my mostly farmland and small town Superhike.
So here we are... I start right where I left off last time, in an area of nice, new townhouse developments and endless strip malls... that abruptly switches to the rather shabby but freshly painted old houses packed tightly together as I reach the historical core. It never has a run down ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Farnsworth House Inn Gettysburg
My visit was great!
My visit the the Farnsworth house was incredible. I recieved great service, the staff was really friendly, and the food was awesome. Too bad the rating system here only stops at 5 circles, because this place is definatly a 10.
A Magnificent Piece of Living History
The Farnsworth House Inn is a spectacular building and the personnel are wonderful! My husband and I stayed at the Inn for our honeymoon and we had a magnificent experience. The Inn offers wonderful food, great stories, and a bookstore that is very impressive. Worth every penny!
Loved the Farnsworth!
My husband and I went there with friends the weekend of April 25, 2003. Although we were not crazy about the food, we all loved everything else about the Farnsworth. My husband and I stayed in the Catherine Sweeney room and had a spooky experience. Around 3:00 a.m. we heard distint footsteps in the room, and then the bed sunk as though someone sat on it. At first I thought it may have been my imagination until my husband asked me if I was awake and heard/felt it. We are already making plans to go back in November!
Disappointing at Least
We went there for a "haunting expierence". For approximately $780.00 (party of four, two rooms-three nights) I had only one unexplainable event. Breakfast was fairly decent although proportions were extremely small and when my roommate asked for more potatoes (five chunks were average) and the next day another piece of sausage she was scourned--the waitress told her she had to see if they had anymore. Our room was very small, and the room service we got was indeed not the best. We had to ask for soap. Upon using the phone in the rec room (with my calling card) I was yelled at by one of the staff (telling me it was only for emergencies) when the staff member checking us in told us it was there for our use. Will not return.
Beautiful Farnsworth, Haunted??
I must admit I did go to the Farnsworth Inn hoping to have a supernatural experience. Alas, this did not happen but I thought my trip was wonderful nonetheless. The first night my companion and I stayed in one of the haunted rooms, the Catherine Sweney room. We slept like babies in a really comfortable bed, so quite frankly, the entire Union Army could have entered the room and we would have slept right through it. The next night we stayed in one of the newer rooms, the Belle Boyd. I think breathtaking is a good word to desribe this room. I wanted to spend most of my time in the bathroom but my companion informed me that we had come to take in the sights not spend the day in the Jacuzzi tub. Don't worry though, I got my wish after dinner and a ghost tour (again, no ghosts), as I spent my evening in the comfort of the Jacuzzi. The staff at the Farnsworth Inn is very helpful and attentive. Next time I hope to come during a warmer month to enjoy the beautiful courtyard area, complete with babbling brook.I definately reccommend the Historic Farnsworth Inn to anyone. As for the ghosts, maybe next time.
Wanted to experience a Civil War B&B. Researched their web-site, called on a Tuesday for a Saturday reservation. Informed they accept two-day reservations only-not mentioned on the web site. Called on Friday, got a room. Only room available was the Chamberlain Room. Got there and paid only to find this room isn't even in the Farnsworth House! Room decorated purely Victorian, no Antebellum artifacts at all. Breakfast only served 8:00-8:30 AM--too restrictive. I told the staff I was upset the room wasn't in the house as advertised, reply was cocky and smart. Paid too much for an experience that missed the mark. We missed the personalized service offered by many other B&B's. Appears they get all the business they need without concern for return visitors. Will not return.
Inn has roaches!
Stayed at the Farnsworth House Inn in Nov 2002. Wanted a "haunting" experience for my 11 yr son. The only thing moving about the room was cockroaches. Management wasn't available at checkout so emailed them about problem and was ignored. Emailed 2nd time with info on german cockroach infestation and they replied. Acknowledged problem and said room was to be fumigated. Offered no discount or words of apology. Contacted again after credit card bill arrived (for $125!) and received no reply. Find somewhere else to stay and eat but enjoy their ghost tour or mourning theater.
Dinner was Great!
Had Dinner at Farnsworth Rememberance Weekend. They were able to accomodate 9 people for an improptu anniversary dinner and all said the service as well as food was great! Some of the period food was explained to us which made our dinning experience more pleasurable.
I would strongly recommend that you choose other dining establihsments. Upon our visit, the service was terrible. The food was not cooked to our satisfaction. The management was not willing to resolve any matters and the person, who identified himself as the general manager was not in any way personable. He was dressed as though he was a casual customer and presented himself as unintelligable and seriously lacked interpersonal skills. He was not customer oriented and should seriously consider a career change or some type of training. Gettysburg is a wonderful town and has many restaurants that are incredible, this unfortunately, was not one of them
Great Inn dining, the highlight of Gettysburg!
Just got back from a trip to the past! As a civil war historian and reenactor I longed to go to Gettysburg, It was all I expected and more! The highlight of our trip was two visits on one day to the Farnsworth Inn to eat, first lunch, then dinner. Lunch was wonderful, with an interesting menu, and really inexpensive prices. I had the best French dip I have ever eaten! After a somewhat soggy, but still very powerful trip to the battlefield, we found our way back to the Inn for supper. This was the meal of a lifetime! The most wonderful Civil war era food kept arriving at our table! Pumpkin Fritters, Jenny Wade bread, Sweetpotato pudding! Did I mention the spoonbread! The favorite of our party! Oh and yes the goober pea soup, wonderful! All of this and a fine main meal, My friend dined on Game pie, I had Grilled chicken,everything as good as what came before! Dinner at the Farnsworth is a little more costly than lunch, but well worth every cent! From the bullet holes on the outside, to the historic tables on the inside, the Farnsworth Inn is a must see stop on anybodys trip to Gettysburg!