In a town where even the land beneath McDonald’s is believed by more than one ghost tour guide to be tinged with spiritual energy, Gettysburg has managed to build a booming paranormal industry. Over the past few years, paranormal tours have become increasingly popular, with as many as 11 popping up recently.
For the past decade, the number of tourists traversing Gettysburg’s streets and alleys, ghost hunting equipment in hand and cameras at the ready, has steadily increased. So each must find something new to offer sightseers eager for a glimpse of Gettysburg’s more-permanent residents – the ghosts.
Ghostly Images of Gettysburg promises their customers will see phantom historical figures – civilian Jenny Wade, killed by a stray sniper’s bullet during the battle, for example – during theatrical performances in some of their haunted locations.
Despite the variation between each organization’s services, the question that all of the tour guides seem to be getting is whether or not there will be more ghostly activity this year because of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.
For a spirit spending eternity in the town of Gettysburg, time might not mean a whole lot. Still, others argue this is a big year for sightings.
The ghost tours in Gettysburg are the second only to the history draw. A yearly paranormal conference is held here, many paranormal groups like to do field trips here. It’s been called a “Mecca” for ghost hunters. Regardless of how many people died, it still makes no sense – their “theories” about natural recordings of emotional energy and storing psychic energy there is utter nonsense (if anyone has good links to these types of pontifications, please send them, I’m interested in it). The good thing is that it does get people interested in history from a different aspect and is obviously good for the town, within reason. The bad is, many of the stories are uncorroborated, and some are plain fabrications, false history. They cheapen the true historical value of the place. Spend an evening in the town with all the ghost tour guides walking around in “authentic garb” or seeing folks running around with e-meters is just silly and makes me feel a bit miffed about the place.