The Historic Fairfield Inn

15 West Main Street , Fairfield, 17320-8227 USA (Show map)
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About

Step back in time. The Fairfield Inn is one of America's five oldest, continuously operated Inns. Individually decorated bedrooms, spacious private bathrooms (two with claw-foot tubs and a shower), and elegant suites and rooms (all with air conditioning and free wi-fi) invite you to relax. Proud to be celebrating history, and serving fine food to travelers and guests for 257 year! The Inn is located a short 8 miles West of Gettysburg and its many attractions Our restaurant guests describe our food as some of the best that they have ever eaten.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Comfortable history

4.6 on September 03, 2018

Comfortable bed, nice bathroom, excellent breakfast, very quiet. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and left after breakfast on Sunday, never saw or heard anyone until the other guests headed for the dining room Sunday morning. It's a very old building and stairs and floors show a lot of evidence of settling so this is not a good choice for anyone with mobility issues.


A Great Experience

4.0 on August 30, 2018

Very charming establishment. Staff was extremely friendly and the Inn itself was well maintained and rich in history. Dinner was just ok but breakfast was outstanding! Would definitely stay there again and recommend to others.


Extremely historic B & B

4.4 on August 19, 2018

Rooms are authentic and quaint. Dinner in the Tavern was great, as was breakfast the next morning. Wish, though, that the staff was more available to advise about the local surroundings. Need to provide tissues, and body wash/soap for baths. (If you're taking a bath, you can't reach the body wash that's on the wall.


Unhappy

2.0 on July 30, 2018

We were not impressed with our stay. We weren’t greeted by the staff member standing in the hallway as we entered. The whole place badly needs a make over and money spending on it. There was no creamer in our room so we couldn’t make tea/coffee, no water available and there was no one around to ask for anything we needed. Breakfast was very basic as I asked for a poached egg and was told they couldn’t do that. We were supposed to stay for 2 nights, but left after one.


2 night stay at Historic Fairfield

3.0 on July 10, 2018

A little uncomfortable being the only quests and their is no staff on site in the evening and throughout the night.


Best Stay Ever!!!

5 on July 08, 2018

This was the first time staying at a B&B for my husband and I and we definitely began with the best. Talk about setting the bar high! The Inn itself is beautiful and perfectly located. We loved the history and atmosphere! Everything we had to eat was delectable. We thoroughly enjoyed the Lee dinner and of course breakfast. The staff is courteous and friendly and we enjoyed chatting and sharing experiences with them. My husband and I both had paranormal experiences which only added to the charm of the Inn. We highly recommend staying at the historic Fairfield Inn and hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!


Pleasantly pleased

5 on July 02, 2018

Rich in history! That’s what won me to stay here. I enjoyed very much the history of the inn. It was clean, inviting & eerie at the same time(if you believe in ghosts). Jonathan, the cook, was super friendly & sweet & his meals, you know they’re made with love lol delicious! My mom & I truly enjoyed our stay at the Fairfield Inn.


Perfect B&B Close to Gettysburg

5 on May 24, 2018

Decided to stay here for the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The location was perfect - 4 minutes away. We stayed in the Patrick Henry room, which is the perfect size for a short weekend stay. The bathroom was huge. The best surprise was how great the food was. Menu items usually sound better than they taste, but the food was fresh and very tasty. The biscuits and scones were all freshly baked. The seafood mac and cheese on the dinner menu was fabulous, as was the bacon wrapped meatloaf. Breakfast was wonderful as well. We’ll definitely be staying there again next year!


Amazing historic stay with phenomenal staff

4.8 on January 17, 2018

Couldn't expect more out of this! Will return as soon as I can.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for staying with us and for your kind words. We look forward to having you as our guest in the future.

- Assistant Innkeeper (innkeeper)


Fairfield stay

3.2 on November 06, 2017

We enjoyed our stay. We arrived early and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. They recommended a wonderful visit to the winery if we didn't want to wait at the inn. In the morning after breakfast we did a self guided tour of the house which has a very interesting history. Gettysburg is a short drive from this quite restful inn.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We always appreciate guest feedback. We were very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall. We look forward to having you as a guest again!

- Communications Manager (innkeeper)


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Rooms & Rates

Grumble Jones

The Grumble Jones Original Mansion House guest room is named for the Confederate General who fought in the Battle of Fairfield, which was a cavalry engagement fought directly to the back of the Inn’s property on July 3, 1863. While a minor fight compared to the Battle of Gettysburg, the mission was an important one. William E. “Grumble” Jones’ celebrated “Laurel Brigade” was charged by General Robert E. Lee with the task of securing the vital Hagerstown Road. Jones and his brigade succeeded and after this bloody battle, the Inn was used as a Civil War Hospital for many of Grumble Jones’ soldiers. The remaining unscathed troops camped near Fairfield, keeping the road open for Lee’s retreat and then guarded the rear as the Army of Northern Virginia moved through the Fairfield Gap on July 4 & 5, 1863.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

J.E.B. Stuart

The spacious J.E.B. Stuart original Mansion House guestroom is named for Gen. J.E.B. Stuart who stayed in this room in 1862 during a confederate raid of the valley. General Stuart revisited the Inn on July 4, 1863 as he & General Robert E. Lee lead their troops on the Confederate Retreat. Defeated & weary, the two Generals along with several of their officers stopped at The Fairfield Inn for a hot meal. Accommodations include a queen sized bed, large seating area with foldout full-sized sofa and a beautifully decorated large private bath with a whirlpool tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Patrick Henry

The Patrick Henry Guest Room is named for the American Patriot & Statesman (1736-99) famous for the quote “Give me Liberty or Give me Death.” He was the nephew of the Lady of the House, Isabella Henry Miller. This original Mansion House room was used by him during many of his visits to the Inn as a meeting room with the town’s elders. This second floor room is furnished with antiques, a queen-sized wood and iron bed, and a large, gorgeous private bath with a claw-foot tub and separate shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Major Starr

The Major Starr Guest Room is located on the third floor and is named for the legendary old dragoon, Samuel H. Starr, who served in the Civil War. This Irish-American officer in the Reserve Brigade was a gloomy-faced veteran whose harsh discipline was exacted on both officers and enlisted men alike. Experienced and respected by his superior officers, Major Starr was ordered to move west out of Gettysburg to Fairfield to seize a Confederate wagon train rumored to be foraging there. No wagon train was found but during the search, Starr and his regiment encountered confederate troops and fought what is now known as the Battle of Fairfield which resulted in Starr losing his arm in battle. The Major Starr cozy, third floor guestroom has a full-sized Lincoln suite antique bed & marble top dresser, beautiful magnolia wallpaper and a cottage-like feel throughout the bedroom and private bath with a whirlpool tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

1757 Suite

The Suite is the original house of Squire William & Maggie Miller, founders of Fairfield. They moved to the area from Delaware to what was considered, at the time, as the frontier and raised their children on 247 acres of farming land. In 1786, their daughter, Jane Maria, and husband, Col. Paxton applied for the very first Tavern license in the Gettysburg and surrounding area. The Inn has been serving travelers ever since making it one of only five in America that has been in continuous operation since the 1700s! The Suite has a parlour with the original 1757 fireplace chimney, a full private bath with whirlpool tub, and a very large master bedroom with queen-sized bed. The room boasts a built in wall of window seats, perfect for cuddling up with a good book and a glass of wine or hot chocolate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Three Colonels Suite

The Suite is named for three confederate colonels who were injured July 1, 1863 during the battle of Gettysburg, stabilized on the battlefield, and moved west on the Fairfield Road en route to Virginia. Of the three men that shared the same ambulance that day only two are known, Col. Daniel Harvey Christie of the 23rd NC and John Kerr Connelly of the 55th NC who had his left arm amputated in Fairfield. On the eve of the first of July, all three men rested in comfort at The Fairfield Inn. The Three Colonels Suite offers a charming parlor with trundle bed, sitting area, mini-refrigerator and microwave, a sunny separate bedroom with a queen bed, and a lovely, private bath with a claw-foot tub & separate shower. To make your stay even more special, this beautiful third-floor suite also has access to a private balcony overlooking the Main Street lined with the town’s quaint historic homes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Just 8 miles from Gettysburg and the Battlefield, conveniently located near major attractions., Countryside, Small town

Airport

Harrisburg, PA (MDT) 35 miles

Directions to property:

FROM GETTYSBURG: One block South from the town square to West Middle Street (PA Route 116W), turn right and continue 8 miles West to Fairfield. The Inn is on the right in the center of town. FROM WASHINGTON, DC: I-270N to Frederick, MD. Take US Route 15N to Emmitsburg, MD. Take MD Route 140W through the town of Emmitsburg and into Pennsylvania. Turn right on PA Route 116E and continue 4 miles to Fairfield. The Inn is on the left in the center of town. FROM BALTIMORE: Beltway to I-795N to Westminster, MD. Follow MD Route 140W through Westminster, Taneytown and Emmitsburg and into Pennsylvania. Turn right on PA Route 116E and continue 4 miles to Fairfield. The Inn is on the left in the center of town. FROM HARRISBURG: US Route 15S to Gettysburg. Take the exit for PA Route 116W and follow 116W through Gettysburg and continue 8 miles West to Fairfield. The Inn is on the right in the center of town.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Gettysburg National Military Park, Liberty Mountain Resort, Ski Liberty, Adams County Winery, Blue Grass Festival (semi-annual), Historical Pathway, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Parking, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Free Wi-Fi. Whirlpool tub in three rooms.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Golf at Carroll Valley Resort, Golf at Mountain View Golf Club, Skiing at Libert Mountain Resort, Visit the famous Adams County Winery, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only $350 cleaning fee if smoke is detected inside the room.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No We have pull out beds and fold-away beds available.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No State code does not allow animals in a restaurant.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During Holidays and Special Event Weekends and summer time.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We collect a reservation deposit in the amount of either $150.00 (for multiple day stays) or in the full amount of a one-day stay. The credit card information that you supply to the booking site does not actually charge your credit card account, so we will be manually charging the credit card account in the amount of your deposit.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Josh, GM

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Rotarian, motorcyclist, stamp collector.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Chicken n' Biscuits
To compliment the Inn's fine accommodations, there is the Mansion House Restaurant and Squire Miller's Tavern serving a wide selection of classically prepared and artistically presented dishes. The hotel's two chefs and their team offer an imaginative menu of grilled and roasted game, pastas, seafood and mouth-watering steaks. The restaurant opens onto a delightful front porch perfect for spring through autumn dining; open log fires blaze in the hearths during the winter months. There is an inviting parlour for a quite nightcap and a banquet salon for business meetings and exclusive receptions, luncheons and dinners.


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