Ghosting Around Gettysburg-Part One
If you want to take a ghost tour in Gettysburg Pa. you can find one on most any corner. For my trip this year I choose two. The first one I will tell you about was booked through the Farnsworth House Inn.
What drew me to book this tour was the advertisement that you are taken on a ghost hunt and allowed to use "real" ghost hunting equipment.We were all gathered into the cellar of the house where we were met by a very giggly young tour guide. She seemed to have a hard time explaining what we were suppose to do with the equipment without breaking into laughter and I found her very unprofessional. She did manage to finally tell one story and at the end of it we did hear a muffled sound which was a bit hard to believe since it seemed to come on cue at the end of her story. We were at this point all given a bag with our equipment and taken outside.
I found the equipment was very basic. We were given a set of dowsing rods. A temperature gauge, an EMF detector (which lights up when spirits are present) a voice recorder, and a night vision viewer that also had infra-red. When I asked the guide to show me once again how to use this piece she stated that ours had the broken button and that area of the viewer did not work. This should have been my first clue that this tour was going to be a bit of a bust. The viewer reminded me a bit of a kids toy and although I did see something move across the trees at one point because the viewer was not working properly I couldn't tell what it was.
We were taken out to the edge of the tree line in an area near the middle school and told of three areas that were suppose to have high paranormal activity. I had visited these area's on two other tours so I already knew the basic story. Once there the guide plopped herself down on a tree stump and we were set loose for approximately 30-40 minutes.
One of the young ladies that was in our group did have good luck with the dowsing rods and was able to get some simple yes and no answers. She felt as if she were connecting with one of the soldiers.
All in all I was a bit disappointed in this tour. Especially for the money. I personally felt that the guide could have made it more interesting if she had investigated with the entire group for a few minutes before breaking us into groups. Would I recommend this tour...No I am sorry to say that I would not. However this does not mean that I would not recommend other tours given by the Farnsworth House Inn. I have taken the combo tour of the attic and basement and found it to be very very good. Of course we all know that the guide makes the tour and perhaps if you were to take this same tour you might be more impressed or the young lady who was giving it might do a better job on a different night..
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