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The Fairfield Haunting

On the Gettysburg Ghost Trail
Narrated by: E. E. Bensen
Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins

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July 1-3, 1863. Two mighty armies clash outside the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In the aftermath, tens of thousands lay dead or wounded, many of the poor souls left abandoned on the battlefield for weeks or days. The Battle of Fairfield, a short but brutal cavalry engagement, is fought nearby. The victims are brought to the Fairfield Inn, now hastily pressed into service as a field hospital, where the surgeons ply their bloody trade. The Army of Northern Virginia then retreats through this small town southwest of Gettysburg, where Generals Robert E, Lee and Jeb Stuart also stop at the Fairfield Inn. 

Originally built circa 1757, the Fairfield Inn was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, used to hide runaway slaves who were fleeing to freedom in the North. Little wonder that it developed a reputation for being haunted that persists to this very day. Shadow figures and apparitions roam the hallways. Footsteps and disembodied voices disturb the sleeping guests late at night. Doors open and close of their own accord. Cold spots abound and objects are moved by invisible hands.

Join author Richard Estep (The Haunting of Asylum 49, The World's Most Haunted Hospitals) as he and a small team of paranormal investigators move into the Fairfield Inn and work to uncover its many secrets. Accompany them on a tour of the most haunted parts of the Gettysburg Battlefield, from Devil's Den and Little Round Top to the Slaughter Pen, the Valley of Death, and finally to Pickett's Charge, where the ghosts of long-dead Civil War soldiers are said to still march, eternal spirit guardians of America's most hallowed ground.

©2017 Richard Estep (P)2018 Richard Estep

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  • 06-12-18

Interesting Read For Anyone Visiting

Regardless if ghost and haunted houses are real or created by noises, tricks in one’s vision and people embellishing abnormal situations into something supernatural by reforming what actually happened over time into an altered account that they believe is true, the book developed into a worthwhile read for anyone that is a) going to Gettysburg, b) plans to spent a night in the Historic Fairfield Inn or c) has an interest in something a little bit different about the paranormal and/or the Civil War. I found that the book gave a brief yet informative account of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Fairfield. It went into an informative description of the Fairfield Inn including describing the room layout. The ghost and paranormal activities, which included not only Fairfield Inn but Gettysburg also, were equally interesting. The book had a few tie backs to a Discover(y) Channel’s show called Ghost Labs. Ghost Labs had an episode about Fairfield Inn. I watched it. It seemed like a scattering of absolute nonsense, but that is what I expected. Blurry pictures and other things that looked doctored to make the viewer think something supernatural was happening. It gave the impression that as soon as you walked in the Fairfield Inn that you would be bombarded with a host of paranormal experiences. I will state that the show and Estep did state that this was not the case. But after a brief reference to that acknowledgement, they never reiterated it again. Which gave the impression of bombardment based on how the story was told. The fact that the author used and referred to this Ghost Lab show so often began to create a question in my mind of the credibility of his statements. He just as the people on the show have a motive called money to not be completely honest about their findings and make it more interesting that it really is. That, however, does not detract from the quality of the story and information found in his book. The book is actually a very interesting and good read. However, don’t let the fact that I said it was an interesting and good read make you think that the writing quality was verbose and fluent. It was acceptable and at times made you cringe but not overabundance of cringe worthy moments. The story was what made the book worth reading.

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  • 24-10-18


Very interesting. Not only the paranormal but the history that is told along with it is interesting as well.