Ghosts of War
Historic Cashtown was once used as a roadway for Confederate troops as a means of passage en route to nearby Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the battle of the Civil War in 1863. The Cashtown Inn, located in Adams County gave the tired Army men a place to tend to their battle wounds, rest their heads and grab a much needed hot meal. These ghosts of war remain at the inn still today, if you listen closely, you can hear their disembodied footsteps whisper against the wooden floorboards of the inn.
During the Civil War the Cashtown Inn's kitchen was used as a makeshift emergency room where bloodied and battered soldiers were often subjected to amputations deriving from severe wounds that stemmed from enemy gunfire. The screams emanating from these men were nothing short of blood curdling, but necessary for their survival. Sadly, many of these soldiers died during surgery, often holding pictures of their loved ones for courage, security and a reason to go on while suffering a miserable death.
A century and a half later these screams can still be heard by those visiting the bed & breakfast inn, and they are quite often detected on EVP equipment. Halloween at the Cashtown Inn offers the public a chance to participate in an open investigation with paranormal experts who know how to locate apparitions and communicate with ghosts, and this is the perfect opportunity to visit with the Civil War soldiers who once passed through the inn so many years ago.
The Cashtown Inn was built in 1797 with its name coming directly from the practices of businessman Peter Marck, the establishments first inn keeper. Peter was a no nonsense man who insisted on cash for the goods he sold and the tolls he collected from people traveling the highway. The porch of the Cashtown Inn offers spectacular views of the old Chambersburg Pike as the scent of apples from the nearby orchards flow steadily and mingle with the gentle breezes of fall.
History simply cannot be ignored as you go back into time and imagine what life might have been like during a much simpler time and later during one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded. The quaint surroundings of this smalltown, USA inn located in Cashtown, Pennsylvania will inhabit your soul and give you a peak into the supernatural like nothing you have ever experienced.
The TAPS team recently visited the Cashtown Inn and was given a personal tour of the haunted establishment by owners Jack and Maria Paladino who have witnessed paranormal activity on more than one occasion. Equipment from electronic-voice-phenomena, cameras and the electromagnetic-field reader were all strategically placed and reviewed at regular intervals, and the results were astounding to the investigators.
At one point, a strong field was indicated by the offering of a presence, however Grant Wilson notices that a "fear box" of sorts from wiring and a pipe have drenched the area which inevitably invites paranormal activity to come on effortlessly. The team also takes note that cool spots are present and equipment is randomly doing its own thing. While sitting on a couch Jason feels an unseen entity sit next to him with a feeling so strong that the couch actually depresses from the apparition's motion.
TAPS is invited to extend their stay and spend the night at the haunted inn after a long day of touring and investigating the building, and the action begins almost immediately when the group is greeted by loud footsteps from an unseen source. Previously placed equipment greets the team in the morning with evidence of a moving picture frame caught on tape and several voices are detected on the EVP.
One of the ghost soldiers is recorded as saying "yes" when asked if he misses his family. The paranormal activity was impossible to debunk with proof from the video footage, unavoidable cold spots, footsteps that penetrated your heart beat, and an overwhelming feeling of sadness that stood your hair on end. The audible voices later found on the audio equipment also confirmed what the owners and many guests have suspected about the inn all along, that the historical Cashtown Inn is undoubtedly haunted.
Guests of the inn often give feedback regarding their stay and it often includes tales of ghosts, moving objects, voices, and things that go bump in the night. In fact it has been reported by hundreds of guests that the rocking chair in the A.P. Hill room moves on its own accord. Guests also report the sensation of someone sitting on their bed in the dark while they are attempting to sleep. The hallway en route to the bar is a hotspot for a ghostly Confederate soldier who enjoys scaring people by his sudden appearance and the apparition of a woman has been spotted in the General Lee suite.
Confederate soldiers appear to be loafing about in every area of the haunted inn, but they are virtually harmless unless you fear the sight of full-bodied apparitions. Guests have also reported that televisions and other electronic devices have a mind of their own, and they are often disturbed by loud knocking on their door, only to find that no one is there. Most some it up as entertaining, bewitching, and if you are visiting during Halloween it is exhilarating, enchanting and most fitting for the spookiest day of the year.
Bed & Breakfast: There are three available suites and four guest rooms that are comfortable and decorated according to the styles found in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The A.P. Hill room was once used as a Confederate headquarters and was occupied by the general himself. The General Lee Suite is the most requested and the most haunted out of all of the rooms and it comes complete with the original wood beams of the house and a friendly ghost that is often heard by the clear footsteps that sends you the message that they are present in the room with you. A fully served breakfast awaits you in the morning and lends a hand in shaking away all of the ghostly antics from the previous evening. Lunch and dinner are also available to guests staying at the inn.
Bed & Breakfast Hours: Open seven days a week for overnight accommodations.
Location: 1325 Old Route 30, Cashtown, Pennsylvania, 17310