Lightner Farmhouse B&B

2350 Baltimore Pike , Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA (Show map)
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Built ca. 1862, the Lightner Farmhouse served as a hospital for Union troops after the Battle of Gettysburg. The house is a graceful brick Federal-style building, surrounded by nineteen acres of peaceful countryside. Guests can rock on the porch as the afternoon breeze wafts scents from the gardens. We have taken care to preserve the original character of the farmhouse, including wide moldings, random-plank floors and four fireplaces. Bedrooms are decorated in themes inspired by quilt designs, each with a private bath containing hair dryers. A three-course country breakfast is served on individual oak tables in the dining room. Guests may use the Victorian parlor, furnished in period antiques and filled with interesting reading material about the battle. The common room, with exposed oak beams, a brick floor and large walk-in fireplace, serves as the gathering place in which our guests can relax. Games, a television, and videos are available for entertainment. The farmhouse has central air conditioning.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

The Lightner Farmhouse

5 on September 03, 2017

This was an incredible place to stay. Me teenage children loved it. Eileen, the inn keeper imparted facts about this historical home making our stay more interesting. The breakfast was delightful!

Charming B&B

3.8 on August 20, 2017

We stayed in the Walnut Cottage and it was lovely. We couldn't have asked for better hosts. Everyone was so nice and friendly and very knowledgeable about the history of the area. The reenactor that was there was really great! We would love to stay again sometime.

Will visit Lightner anytime in Gettysburg!

4.8 on August 16, 2017

The hospitality at the Lightner Farmhouse is second to none. They are truely wonderful and accommodating. The house is beautiful, clean and well maintained and the rooms are charming and provide everything necessary. Next time we visit Gettysburg we will, without a doubt, be staying there again!

Perfect Experience

5 on August 02, 2017

We were greeted like members of a family by The Hoovers. They gave us a tour of the house, had homemade cookies and tea and coffee waiting for us, and in this beautiful historic setting we were made to feel at home. It is not commercialized like many of the other B&Bs. It was close enough to Gettysburg, ( 10 minute drive If that) but far enough to get rest and relaxation we needed. Breakfast by Justin their son , was nothing short of amazing, and delicious. Eileen was up bright and early to give a talk on the historic nature of The house and family that lived there and much of the history of gettysburg. They loaned us The road tour complete with map. The rooms were spotless, every day! We will definitely be coming back to Gettysburg and plan many more trips to the Lightner Farmhouse B&B. After you have stayed at The best why go anywhere else?!!!

Great return visit!

4.8 on July 26, 2017

It was our second visit there. The Lightner Farmhouse is a charming Civil War era home that brings you back to 1863... except for the plumbing, air conditioning, and comfortable beds among other "modern" conveniences. Our hosts were very congenial - like visiting relatives we'd not seen for years. A shout distance form the battlefield, in a country setting, it provides great breakfasts and most relaxing evenings.

Last minute getaway

5 on July 19, 2017

We took a last minute trip to Gettysburg and stayed at the lightner farmhouse b&b based on a recommendation from a friend. The farmhouse and grounds were beautiful. The owners were pleasant and accommodating. We loved the history and felt at home. All in all it was a perfect getaway

Last minute getaway

5 on July 08, 2017

Home and grounds are beautiful and the owners couldn't be more hospitable. Thank you for a wonderful visit to Gettysburg. We will be back when we can stay longer

Greatly Enjoyed our stay

5 on June 26, 2017

The Hoovers are terrific hosts. You learn some history as you are shown around and to your room. Eileen even makes recommendations for where to start and where to visit. Also be sure to attend one of Eileen's history talks about the Lightner place. Their son Jason makes a delicious, filling breakfast each morning. The Pine Tree Suite was very nice & spacious - you definitely get your exercise everyday with it being on the 3rd floor! The only complaint may be the amount of road noise as the B & B is on a busy road into Gettysburg. Otherwise we'd recommend The Lightner Farmhouse B & B to all who visit Gettysburg.

Awesome historic home.

4.8 on May 09, 2017

We had a wonderful stay at the Lightner farmhouse. Quaint and quiet rooms. Excellent homemade breakfast every morning. Close to town and the battlefield. The host were lovely and gave us a history of the house and made us feel right at home.

Delightful B&B; terrific hosts

3.6 on April 16, 2017

Well-positioned by the city and battlefield, the Lightner Farmhouse was a great place for our stay. Eileen, Dennis, and Jason were great hosts and provided interesting conversations and insights. It would be a place we would be delighted to return to.

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Rooms & Rates


The Cedar Room is located on the first floor with a private entrance off the side porch of the farmhouse. It has a queen bed and private bath with easy access to porch sitting.

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


The Chestnut Room has a queen size brass bed and a quiet elegance. Private bath.

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


The Oak room is on the second floor of the Inn. It is a quiet room to the rear of the building with a full bath and queen bed.

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


The Maple room is a bright, colorful room overlooking the front lawn of the farmhouse. It includes a queen bed and a private bath with shower.

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


The Birch room is a bright room in the front of the house with a queen size bed, private bath and a patriotic color scheme.

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

Walnut Cottage

The Walnut Cottage is to the rear of the house built over the original summer kitchen of the farmhouse. It is a two story accommodation with a wrap around porch, lots of privacy. This is an ideal honeymoon, special occasion suite for a couple but it also accommodates a family of 4 and children of all ages are welcome!

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

Pine Tree Suite

The Pine Tree Suite is a third floor suite perfect for a private get a way for a couple or a family with children over 12 years of age. The bedroom with a queen bed is separate from the sitting room with a TV and daybed with a trundle.

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

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Location Type

Country setting, Countryside, Small town


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 59 miles

Directions to property:

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Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Fireplace, Fridge, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, ghost stories, paranormal investigations, dinner/storytelling package, Shopping

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm -6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prefer 10 years old and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Selected weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $100 payable by credit card or personal check
  • Cancellations: Cancellation must be made at least 14 days in advance of your planned stay to receive a refund of deposit less a $25 handling fee. Deposit will be forfeited for late cancellation.
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Eileen and Dennis Hoover

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , no pets reside in the B&B

About the innkeepers

Both Dennis and Eileen love gardening, spending time with their pug and entertaining guests. Eileen holds a Masters Degree in American History and welcomes questions. Both innkeepers are happy to help with tourist advice.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: individual tables, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian gluten free available also

Signature Dish

Blueberry Pancakes
Chef Jason prepares some of the best pancakes around served with a side of bacon or sausage. We use our own mix for pancakes and waffles which makes them bake up light and fluffy.


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