A small town at the crossroads of the American Civil War, Gettysburg attracts visitors to the site of the epic three-day battle that resulted in more than 50,000 casualties. From the National Military Park with its monuments and landmarks, to the historic downtown filled with boutique shops, museums and ghost tours, Gettysburg offers a number of bed-and-breakfast inns and motels on or near the battlefield. Some lodging choices date as far back to the 1700s, and feature remnants from the battle including bullets still embedded in the walls.
Visitors looking for truly historic accommodations will find it at the Brafferton Inn. The oldest continuous residence in Gettysburg's historic downtown, the Brafferton Inn belonged to the same family for more than a century, and was converted to a bed and breakfast in 1986. Built in 1786, the inn features stately, carved furnishings including four-poster beds, wingback chairs and antique dressers. One of the rooms in the house still retains a minie ball from the battle, lodged in the mantel. The home's adjacent Carriage House, built in 1850, features six guest rooms and a suite outfitted with antique beds and armoires. Amenities include full breakfast served in the elegant dining room, which was built in 1815. Several rooms at the Brafferton Inn accommodate children.
Tillie Pierce House
Located on Baltimore Street in downtown Gettysburg, the historic Tillie Pierce House opened as a bed and breakfast in 2007. The original home, built in 1820, belonged to the family of 15-year-old Tillie Pierce, whose acclaimed eyewitness account of the battle detailed events from a civilian's point of view. The home is also significant in that it was used as a makeshift hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. Under its new owners, the Tillie Pierce House has been painstakingly restored with 19th-century furnishings and other artifacts of the era. Guests partake of homemade breakfasts in a spacious dining room, where menu items are now showcased in "The Tillie Pierce House Cookbook."
Guests of the Colton Motel will find themselves staying directly on hallowed ground on the battlefield. Situated on Cemetery Ridge in the shadow of the National Cemetery, the Colton Motel, built in 1953, marks the site where an Ohio infantry unit held the Union line near Culp's Hill during the Battle of Gettysburg. This landmark hotel features 25 rooms and includes two family-size suites with three bedrooms. The motel offers such amenities as an outdoor pool as well as delivery of local newspapers including the Gettysburg Times. Thanks to its central location on Steinwehr Avenue, the motel offers guests proximity to downtown shops, museums and restaurants, all within walking distance. Colton Motel 232 Steinwehr Gettysburg, PA 17325 717-334-5514
A historic lodge in downtown Gettysburg on Steinwehr Avenue, the Gettystown Inn features accommodations that overlook the National Cemetery. The inn is comprised of three Civil War-era houses, and showcases antique furnishings, canopy beds and period pieces. The aptly named Gettysburg Address Overlook Suite provides first-rate views of the site where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. A country-style breakfast is served each morning at the Dobbin House next door, where guests may partake in fresh-baked breads and home-cooked dishes.
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