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

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!

Columbus Weekend Stay

3.6 on October 13, 2016

A very charming place with very delightful and friendly owners. We really enjoyed our stay and will be back for another visit. Just a lovely place in a wonderful setting.

A great place to stay

5 on October 12, 2016

The farmhouse is well kept and comfortable. You can tell that the owners take pride and a lot of time in the upkeep. We stayed on the third floor which is the 2 room suite. A few extra stair steps but worth it. Breakfasts were so good.

Birthday Celebration and Romance Fun

5 on October 10, 2016

We chose the walnut cottage to stay in and after a day full of traveling, walking and etc it was heavenly to sit on the porch and enjoy the peacefulness and country beauty of this establishment. The innkeepers were warm, inviting, and knowledgeable and extremely accommodating! The cottage was comfortable, tastefully decorated, and just wonderful - my husband got up early one morning and was sitting on the porch petting the friendly cat Jezabel and watched the deer in the meadow. The breakfasts were satisfying, tasty and left you full. I cannot say enough good things about our experience other than we will be back this time with our kids!

Charming, comfortable, thoughtful B&B

5 on October 06, 2016

We had a very warm and inviting experience during our stay at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B. Eileen and Dennis were wonderful and very personable. This B&B stood out from several others we have stayed in because of the little extra's that were provided: Bathrobes in the closet, cotton balls, qtips, soap and shampoo in the shower and a blow dryer just to name a few things. The breakfasts and baked goods were delicious. Hearing about the history of the house and the importance it played during the war was a great treat from the Historian. The whole experience was perfect and added to our visit. We will be talking about this trip and the Lightner Farmhouse B&B for a long time. We have already recommended the trip to friends and family and strongly suggested they stay at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B.

Amazing Stay

5 on October 04, 2016

My husband and I along with a friend of ours stayed here a couple of nights. It was a first for all of us in a B&B. It was just wonderful, our standards had been set. It was like being at home with all the peace. Just outside of all the traffic with the beauty of the grounds. Eileen, Dennis and Jason were so friendly just like family. Breakfast was wonderful. I would stay again in a heartbeat. It certainly made for a wonderful trip.

Best B&B

4.8 on October 03, 2016

We could not have chosen a more wonderful B&B for our Gettysburg trip! The home is living history, brought to life by the innkeepers, local history buffs. We enjoyed the quiet rural setting which is within a few miles from the Gettysburg VisitorsCenter and downdown. We would return in a heartbeat!

History! History! History!

5 on September 29, 2016

Fascinating house, well maintained on beautiful grounds. Good breakfast with lovely i keepers.

peaceful retreat

5 on September 27, 2016

My husband and I have been coming to the Gettysburg area for over 15 years, our first B&B stay was at the historic Cashtown Inn, which at that time was owned by the Hoovers. We followed them to the Lightner Farmhouse when they sold Cashtown. We would never dream of staying elsewhere, their hospitality is unsurpassable. The atmoshere is relaxing and welcoming, Eilleen and Dennis go out of their way to make your stay just perfect. Once you stay at the Farmhouse you'l know what we have experienced.

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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

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.



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.