Haunted Cashtown Inn, Pennsylvania
The Cashtown Inn is located in Cashtown, Pennsylvania less than 10 miles from Gettysburg, a nationally known haunted city. The Inn was built in 1797 and is said to have gotten its name due to the fact that the first proprietor, Peter Marck, would only accept cash as payment. Marck was able to get a tavern license in 1815 and offered a selection of four rooms to its guests.
It is not surprising that during the war the Inn was used as headquarters for several of the Confederate Generals and other staff, it is also said that the basement was used as a field hospital and that at one point there were so many amputations performed that the pile of limbs outside the basement window blocked out the sun. Should it be any surprise that the Inn is thought to be one of the more haunted establishments in the area?
One of the first and perhaps the oldest of spirits that seem to inhabit the Cashtown Inn is a young Confederate soldier that is said to have resided in the establishment for over 100 years. The spirit appears to become more active during the summer months, particularly July as the Battle of Gettysburg took place July 1, 2, and 3rd in 1863. He is apparently quite mischievous and enjoys scaring tourists by knocking on their doors or by just appearing in their rooms. In a picture dated back to 1895 a shot of the Cashtown Inn shows what appears to be an apparition dressed in a Confederate uniform standing on the porch, this was used on a brochure for the Inn. It is also said that the young soldier can be heard walking across the attic floor.
It has also been reported that in a room that was occupied by General A.P. Hill the rocking chair on occasion rocks by itself, there have also been reports from guests that during the night it will feel like someone is sitting upon the bed. There have also been instances when knocking, keys rattling and door knob jiggling have been experienced.
Many visitors have reported things happening at the Cashtown Inn, among them are what sounds like a battalion of people walking when no one is around, visitors suitcases or other items being packed back up, clothes unfolded with personal items scattered about and doors slamming on their own. A woman has also been seen many times, she appears to like the General Lee suite where there have also been reports of the sound of horses trampling through the rooms.
There are many odd noises and “scary” tappings on the walls, but for avid paranormal fans, this is one of the best places to be, plus since I have never had the chance to stay their myself I am looking forward to the opportunity as I have seen many pictures and read many reviews that state it is a beautiful building with great people and outstanding food. (There is a tavern and a dining area.) If you have ever been there and have a story to tell please feel free to leave a comment about it, I would love to hear it!
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