October 15, 2009

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.
My husband and I had met up with a fellow blogger for the tour so we did enjoy teaming up with them.
I did get several hits on the EMF detector but no photo's of any interest. I had my own voice recorder with me but have not reviewed it yet. If I find anything on there I will be sure and post about it.
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..

Next..Ghost of Gettysburg Tour(Mark Nesbitt)

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Blogger Bethie said...

I would complain. Nothing irks me more than someone taking my money and time and not living up to their end of the bargain. I would email them and tell them how you feel. I know how much you were looking forward to this particular tour. I hope this was the only downfall of your trip.


10/16/09, 7:59 AM  
Blogger PaleMother said...

Sorry it wasn't more interesting. Thanks for posting about it! I have never used dowsing rods. They sound interesting.



10/16/09, 10:46 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

It really was quite disappointing from my perspective though both Amanda and Darci really liked our tour guide. I guess when you're a teenager it's easier to relate to a young and giggly tour guide who doesn't do much guiding!

I'll try to have my post up on this before too long, and email you off the pictures I have.

10/16/09, 3:51 PM  
Blogger Suzie Ridler said...

Just had to write Patty and say I'm so sorry that this ended up being disappointing, I can't believe how unprofessional she was! Not to mention some of the equipment not working, that sucks.

10/17/09, 8:50 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Patty,

Sorry to hear about your disappointing tour. I hate when you get a bad tour guide who doesn't take anything seriously!

I had dinner at the Farnsworth House last weekend and my friend caught an orb in a photo. It is so faint, it could just be dust, but who knows? Also, I have posted a bunch of orbs (or dust?) caught on Devils' Den from last weekend.

Anyway, thanks for the great review. I will use your info for future visits. It's good to know there are tours that let you use equipment. Really good photos, btw!


10/19/09, 10:28 AM  
Blogger Courtney Mroch said...

Well this was a very interesting take on this tour. It's neat to hear a first hand account of it. Sorry it was a disappointment, but how exciting you met up with a fellow blogger! This was great info to know. (You might save others from spending precious money!)

10/19/09, 9:44 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh no, we're doing the Ghost Tour given by Farnsworth House Inn in two weeks when we head up there. I'm sorry to hear your tour guide was less than professional, and it was a disappointing experience. My husband booked the trip, and tour as a surprise for me. I was a bit disappointed he didn't book the Mark Nesbitt tour, as I too have read his books, and really enjoyed the Fredericksburg tour organized by him.

1/8/10, 8:09 PM  

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