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I've had numerous paranormal experiences in Gettysburg. This is one of the scariest.

I was near the Rose Farm, off of Confederate Avenue, looking for the location of a New York Artillery Battalion. It was August, hot, muggy; just typical summer weather... It wasn't super windy, but there was a nice breeze blowing. As I walked through the trees, I could hear leaves rustling, birds singing; just normal summer sounds. I followed a narrow path leading to the cannon site, which is about 150 feet into the woods. At first, I didn't notice anything strange, but suddenly I realized there was absolutely no sound AT ALL. Even though I could see the trees moving in the breeze, it was dead silent. And COLD, like I had stepped into a freezer. I stopped, unsure if I should keep going or turn around and leave.

I should point out here that even though I've had many paranormal experiences in my life, I don't scare easily, but what happened next sent me running like a scared rabbit.

I saw a flicker of movement out of the corner of my eye, but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. At least nothing I could SEE. I heard the sound of a match being struck, smelled tobacco, and a voice said clear as day (and very close to my ear), "You don't belong here. Get out!" At that moment, the silence broke with the sound of a cannon firing and I took off like the Devil himself was chasing me. I sat in my car, shaking, trying to gather my wits and process what had happened. Once I calmed down, I drove back to town and talked to one of the Park Rangers. I don't recall the gentleman's name, but he told me I wasn't the first person to have that experience.

A couple years later, in 2008, I went back to the site with a friend. This time, we both experienced what I had 2 years before. We have been to Gettysburg several times since that day, but neither of us went anywhere near the Rose Farm again.

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Bibliothecarius (9 stories) (1091 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-24)
Greetings, Lenape_Woman68, and welcome to YGS.

Did you keep the hand-carved pipe you found in your car as a memento? Such phenomena are particularly unusual, especially as the voice you heard was telling you to leave in what seems to have been an unfriendly manner. I wonder if your reaction caused the entity some regret, hence the 'gift' left in your car.

Lenape_Woman68 (1 stories) (2 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-21)
Thank you for the welcome! It seems like no matter where you go in Gettysburg, there is at least some paranormal activity. One detail I didn't include in the story. When I returned home after the first trip, while unloading my car, I found an old, handmade smoking pipe, much like the ones from the Civil War era, under the front passenger seat. To this day, I still don't know where it came from or how it got under the seat.
lady-glow (16 stories) (3161 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-10)
Welcome to YGS.

I wonder if the warning was meant for you, or if it is part of a memory kept at that place. Perhaps the match-lighting gentleman said those words to someone during a bygone battle.

Thanks for sharing this fascinating experience.
GingerRead (17 stories) (35 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-10)
Agreed. Hopefully there will come a time when they finally find peace.
Rajine (14 stories) (813 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-10)
Hi Lenape_Woman68

Definitely a creepy incident it would make anyone run and not look back, Gettysburg definitely is a very active ghost site.

At least this ghost was kind enough to let you know you in the wrong place. 😁
Rachel9997 (4 stories) (27 posts)
2 years ago (2022-02-09)
Hi Lenape_Woman68,

Welcome to YGS!

Gettysburg is certainly a paranormal activity hotbed. This almost sounds like a sort of time slip situation like you were in that space somewhere between the time of the battle and the year you were actually there.

Very creepy story; you are brave to have gone back to that place a second time. Thanks for sharing your story! 😁

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