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

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.

Great way to visit Gettysburg

4.8 on April 14, 2017

The Lightner Farmhouse was a field hospital during the Gettysburg battle and has interesting stories of its own. This helped immerse us into this period. Very interesting, wonderful people, great breakfast and close to town.

Weekend Retreat

5 on April 07, 2017

We are so glad to have stayed here! The Walnut Cottage was delightful! A separate entrance, private deck, and a beautiful view of the meadow. Every morning we were greeted with a smile! Eileen made sure of any dietary restrictions for our breakfast, and delivered a scrumptious breakfast every morning! The B&B is set back from the road ushering in a quietness that we would not find in downtown Gettysburg. It is close to the Gettysburg Visitor Center and downtown area. We can't wait to return!

We had a great time!

4.8 on April 03, 2017

Eileen, Dennis and Jason were so very friendly and helpful. The B and B has a lot of interesting history and was a field hospital after the Gettysburg battle. This help emerge us in the history of that time. Short drive to town. Breakfast was also great.

Great B& B at Gettysburg

5 on March 26, 2017

lovely and cozy home, warm and friendly hosts, delicious food! would recommend!

Lightner Farm House

5 on March 26, 2017

Always enjoy stating with the Hoover's. They make everything great.

Lightner Farmhouse

3.2 on March 03, 2017

This is a great spot. Its ideal for multiple night stays to explore the surrounding history and yet be out of the "town" for quiet nights and calm mornings. Enjoyed this place. would definitely return and recommend.

February get away

4.0 on February 22, 2017

We stayed for 3 nights. The hosts were very accommodating and friendly without being overly intrusive. Loved the setting of the property. Convenient location and is just far enough out of town to get away from the crowds during the busy summer months. The food was plentiful and served at our convenience. The hosts provided good suggestions for area dining and other attractions.

Best way to spend a special occasion

5 on February 18, 2017

My boyfriend and I spent a long weekend at Lightner bed and breakfast to celebrate my birthday and Valentine's Day. The entire house is very welcoming along with the owners. We were the only ones there for 2 days and they made the stay very welcoming even without anyone else there. The breakfast was outstanding, something we will be back for. Eillen, Dennis and there son Jason were extremely friendly. They helped out with planning our trip and took the time to get to personally know us while we were there. This is a place I recommend everyone to go to if they find them self in Gettysburg.

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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:

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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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