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Relax in Historic Style
Travel back in time and experience American history at its finest with a comfortable and hospitable stay at the oldest home in town.
The Brafferton Inn of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the first house constructed in the historic district of Gettysburg in 1786. The Inn features seventeen guestrooms in the original stone house and pre-Civil War clapboard addition plus a three-bedroom guesthouse. Each guestroom has a private bath and is furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques. Next to the garden, guests are invited to relax in the brick atrium and wooded deck.
Many antique shops, bookstores, Civil War shops, restaurants, galleries, local artisans' workshops, museums, ghost tours, the national cemetery, and the famous battlefield on Culp's Hill are all within walking distance of the Inn. Lincoln Square and the Wills House Museum where President Lincoln finished the Gettysburg address is one half block east from the Brafferton Inn.
The historic home is just minutes away from other major tourist attractions such as the National Military Park Visitor's Center Museum, Gettysburg College, the Majestic Theater Performing Arts Center, and the Adams County Winery. Gettysburg also has a very rich art scene and a surprising amount of biking and hiking nearby.
Come step back in time and experience Gettysburg from one of her oldest homes... The Brafferton Inn
The Inn, built in 1786, was the first house constructed in historic district of Gettysburg and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A stay at the Brafferton Inn may be the most pleasant way to get a full sense of Gettysburg's historical richness.
The Brafferton Inn is located one half block east of Lincoln Square and the Wills House where President Lincoln finished the Gettysburg address. Near antique shops, bookstores, galleries, local artisans' workshops and restaurants, the Inn is within walking distance of battlefield (Culp's Hill).
The Inn has been featured in Country Living and Early American Life magazines. It is highly recommended in over 45 Bed and Breakfast books.
The bountiful Adams County orchards provide fresh fruit for our seasonal breakfast specialties, including peaches and cream French toast and apple cinnamon pancakes.
The Hodges Family looks forward to welcoming you and assuring a comfortable stay at the Brafferton Inn. They will help with suggestions for visiting the battlefields and other activities in the area as well as with securing reservations at local restaurants.
"A true touch of the antebellum living style." Baraboo, WI.
"Thanks for a wonderful spot on a long journey. Like home only better - you cooked!" Kennebunkport, ME
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Brian Hodges for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Guests stay with us because of the history of Gettysburg, and we are the oldest house in town.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for our breakfast. We are the oldest house in downtown, but also added amenities (jacuzzi tubs etc.). We love our downtown location.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The #1 reason to visit Gettysburg is The Battlefield.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We receive many compliments and enjoy them all, we can't possibly narrow it down to one!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret is the Gettysburg is very rich in the arts.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Anyone staying longer than a weekend should try to attend the battlefield tour, visit the museums, ghost tours, and wineries. There's also plenty of shopping to be had, and guests can enjoy biking and hiking as well.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Within walking distance guests will find shops, restaurants, museums, the national cemetery, and the famous battlefield.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We love Dobbin House an Gary Owen Irish Pub.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 17 rooms plus a three bedroom guest house.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
More About the Inn
This 14 room stone house faces a mid-19th century street and has an adjacent seven room pre-Civil War clapboard addition. On the first day of the battle a bullet shattered an upstairs window and lodged in the mantel. It is still there today. During the war, services were held here while the church was being used as a hospital. Just down the street is the house where Lincoln completed his Gettysburg Address.
On the original fireplace mantle in the living room (above left) is a McCabe clock which has been in the family for nearly two centuries. The room has comfortable wingbacks and couches and an inviting collection of classical music. The room used to be two separate rooms.
You may view the dining room from the living room doorway. The arched door leads into the kitchen and the paneled doors invite you to enjoy our Atrium. Your meals will be served on Spode china, and Winterthur silverplates.
"The spirit of an earlier time with all of its hospitality and romance!" Pittsburgh, PA
The Inn features 17 guestrooms, all with private baths. A local potter made the basins for the washstands that have been converted into sinks. All the rooms are furnished with 18th and 19th century family antiques and are graced with such features as high ceilings, elaborate stencils and breathtaking historical paintings by nationally known artists Keith Rocco and Bradley Schmehl. The brick atrium and wooded deck next to the garden provide a place to plan your day or to relax after time at the nearby battlefield, galleries, museums and restaurants.