Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours

In 1991, Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg book series was released. In 1994, Mark was approached by a member of the borough about creating a ghost tour based on his books. He agreed and created the very first ghost tour in Gettysburg, Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours.

Mark does come in the shop where he signs books on Saturday evenings and talks with the customers and fans of his. This place is all around awesome and they offer different tours such as Baltimore street tour that is the downtown tour where you hear the history and haunts of the town while stopping at various locations in the town where the ghost of the civil war are known to still haunt. This tour is an hour and fifteen minutes.

West Confederate street tour takes you to the west side of town where you walk along the Confederate retreat route and hear stories about the seminary, engine house, and more! This tour is an hour and forty-five minutes packed with history and haunted tales.

Carlisle Street tour is a tour that takes you to the college campus where you stroll over a temporary grave site, You see where the lost soul of the blue boy is still known to hover three stories up, and you see the building where administrators were working when the elevator descended to a civil war hospital long after the war was over. This tour is full of history and haunted tales that is an hour and forty-five minutes.

Steinwehr Avenue tour takes you to hear the history of the side of town where you gaze at the field where Pickett’s charge happened. You hear the stories of the Soldier’s National Cemetery where people have heard phantom footsteps following visitors, along with disembodied voices from a nearby hotel and much more! This tour is an hour and fifteen minutes.

The headquarters of the Ghosts of Gettysburg is known to be haunted with phantom footsteps, ghostly horse hooves outside the window, shadows darting around the room, doors opening and closing, a child apparition has been seen, and doorknobs jiggle. This place all around has it’s share of history and haunts itself. Let’s get into a bit of the history and maybe you will understand why this building is so haunted.

The building at 271 Baltimore Street was built in 1834 and owned by Jacob Heck. Jacob Heck was taxed 2.6 times that much for improvements on the property, indicating the construction of the two-story brick section that fronts Breckenridge Street.  In September 1849 Heck sold the property to Andrew Woods, a carriage dealer and trimmer, and his wife Sarah. The Woods family owned this property through the battle of Gettysburg, they rented this house to a lady name Mary Young and her daughter Mary.

This house was not used for a field hospital, but the windows at the top of the building were likely used by Confederate sharpshooters to fire at the union. Before the Confederates overtook the town there was a union soldier whom was brought here because he was hurt. When the confederates took over the town, he was hidden in the attic. The young Mary created a distraction, so the Confederate soldiers were occupied and they ended up sneaking the union soldier out into the next house.

In 1866 the woods sold their home to Mr. & Mrs. Kitzmiller who owned the house for at least 48 years. They brought with them one child Charles B. Kitzmiller, two others who were born in the house, Eva and William Henry. In 1888 the assessment shows the third and final add on to the Ghosts of Gettysburg building this section faces Baltimore Street.

February 1, 1899, their son William “Willie” Henry would pass away of grippe in the home, the day before their daughter in law would pass away in the home as well with the same disease, which is what we know today as influenza. Both William Henry and Lillie were laid out in the house. In 1914, Mr. Kitzmiller passed away and upon Mrs. Kitzmiller’s death the house passed on to the surviving children who sold it out of the family.

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