Our trip to Gettysburg from Oct 30-Nov 2 was the greatest!! Gettysburg is so beautiful at this time of year.
My wife and I made it a point to arrange a portrait setting with R. J. Gibson's Historic Photography studio. They're pricey but they do fantastic work and it's well worth it. We dressed in Civil War era clothes and had our portrait taken the same way our ancestors did. He even used an authentic camera and lens from that era.
We stayed in the "Shultz Room" at the Farnsworth House Inn. The food was good and we loved the atmosphere. I used my hand-held voice recorder and sat on the edge of our bed one night and spoke to Jeremy (an 8-year old boy that had died in the house in the 1850's). After about 15 minutes I stopped recording and played the tape back using my headphones. At the point where I said, "Come on Jeremy, talk to me buddy", I heard a faint child's voice answer, "Hello". Several seconds later I picked up a child asking, "When are you gonna leave?" That was a fascinating experience for us. While I was using the recorder my wife told me that she felt someone's finger touch her left arm!! That night I left the recorder in the bathroom on a table and set it to "Voice activation mode" so that it would record only if it sensed a sound.
The next morning I listened to the recording and heard clanging noises at intervals all through the night. My wife told me that during the night she had felt something tugging at the sheets at the foot of our bed.
We went over to Cemetery Ridge after dark and took photos out by a tree line. Some of the photos showed rows of vertical lights that were lined up in evenly-spaced intervals out in those dark woods that weren't there when we snapped the photos.
We also took the battlefield tour with licensed guide, Stewart Dempsey (as was recommended by a previous user of this forum). Mr Dempsey was a great guide! We found him to be very personable, friendly, knowledgeable and thorough. He was able to expound upon any and all of our questions and we highly recommend him to anyone wanting to gain more knowledge and/or insight into this great battle.
All in all a wonderful vacation!