Lightner Farmhouse B&B

2350 Baltimore Pike , Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA (Show map)


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

Great getaway weekend

5 on February 06, 2017

Decided on the spur of the moment to get away for the weekend. Great way to unwind and relax. Great room, great food and great hosts.

An Outstanding Weekend Away

5 on February 02, 2017

A friend and I stayed at this Bed and Breakfast from a Friday to Sunday. We had an outstanding time. We felt very safe in this space. There is a key for the individual rooms as well as a keypad to lock and unlock the front door. The rooms give plenty of room for luggage and people and are very clean. The bathrooms are also very clean and provide all of the necessities. Each room has a fireplace heater that has a remote (no real fire, but emits head and light to make you feel like you have an actual fire going in your room). The fireplace kept the room toasty warm in the middle of December. There is also ample common area that offers plenty of history and entertainment. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available all day and night. Breakfast is served in the morning and is exceptional. They rotate their menu, so you'll never get bored during a multi-day stay. The innkeepers are also very available and will be happy to tell you about breakfast the night before so you will have plenty of time to state any dietary concerns (though, you also have a place to do that if you make a reservation online or can tell them when making reservations). The view is spectacular and there is plenty to do around the area. Just ask the innkeepers; they were more than happy to share information about Gettysburg and the surrounding area. I will definitely be returning.

Lightner Farmhouse B&B

5 on December 14, 2016

What a wonderful place - lots of history, great location, comfortable beds in very nice rooms - and the nicest hosts anyone could ask for. To make it even better, the Christmas lights Dennis put up were just incredible. You can't go wrong staying at Lightner Farmhouse B&B!

Very Relaxing..We could not ask for more

3.6 on December 02, 2016

Great owners....Good food...close to many things...perfect get away

Great getaway!

5 on November 09, 2016

Was very pleased with our stay. It's a very warm, relaxing, comfortable atmosphere!

great place

3.8 on October 27, 2016

Very nice setting, Friendly, knowledgeable innkeepers. Great food.

Fantastic Bed & Breakfast

5 on October 25, 2016

The Lightner Farmhouse was located just outside of Gettysburg. Although the house has been around for well over 100 years, it has been well taken care of and has modern amenities. The breakfast was outstanding and the hosts were wonderful. I will stay here next time I'm in the area!

excellent stay

5 on October 25, 2016

If you are visiting Gettysburg, this is the B&B to stay out. It's not near the downtown area so it's quiet. The property has a beautiful scenic walking trail. The breakfast was excellent. The service was fantastic, I loved the morning history talk on the property. I highly recommend the Lightner Farmhouse. When I go back to Gettysburg, I'll be staying here again.

The Lightner House is tremendous

5 on October 19, 2016

It was a wonderful stay at the historic Bed & Breakfast!! This place is one of the truly magnificent and historical places to stay at in all of Gettysburg believe me!!! I can't wait to go back again ASAP. Also last but not least the coffee and chocolate chip cookies were amazing!

Romance and Birthday Fun

5 on October 17, 2016

We stayed 2 nights in the walnut cottage and will definitely be returning with our kids next time! The Hoover family could not be more gracious friendly warm informative and welcoming! The breakfast is scrumptious and if you don't leave full that is on you because my husband and I left full and satisfied and able to skip lunch. The setting is just delightful peaceful and away from town but still so close you are anywhere you want to be in 10 minutes or less! We saw deer in the early morning and enjoyed Jezabel the cat who joined us on the porch. The room was spacious warm and inviting and self serve offerings of coffee tea and cookies was delightful. Highly recommend this establishment!

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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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • 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:

Please refer to home page directions link.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, 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, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

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

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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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