Farnsworth House Inn-Rstrnt

★★★★☆
  • 401 Baltimore St

    Gettysburg, PA 17325

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  • 717-334-8838

About Farnsworth House Inn-Rstrnt

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 9pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED

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The food is excellent and a real historic experience. Cannot remember the last time I had such a great spread of delicious food including "extras" such as pumpkin fritters and spoon bread. The ghost walk was amazing and scary! I was freaked out at their Seance. It is a new attraction...a re-creation of one in the Civil War era...but you do not know what is real or not when the lights go out for what seemed to be 10 minutes! The real deal... cable television rankes it as one of the most haunted Inns in the US! Do not miss this place!

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★★★★★

The food is excellent and a real historic experience. Cannot remember the last time I had such a great spread of delicious food including "extras" such as pumpkin fritters and spoon bread. The ghost walk was amazing and scary! I was freaked out at their Seance. It is a new attraction...a re-creation of one in the Civil War era...but you do not know what is real or not when the lights go out for what seemed to be 10 minutes! The real deal... cable television rankes it as one of the most haunted Inns in the US! Do not miss this place!

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After a lovely visit of the battlefield, my daughter and I chose the Farnsworth House for dinner because of the lovely garden dining. Two menus were displayed out front and at the entrance, but the hostess was quick to point out that the outside dining would be limited to the dining room menu (despite the picnic table/plastic chair decor). We agreed and waited about 30 minutes for a table (were told 5 min max). We were shown to a table right in the middle of several large and noisy groups Noticing a table nearby next to the plants and water feature, we asked to be seated there. The hostess VERY rudely said it was a larger table and we were just two. The tables were, in fact, the same size; if anything, our table allowed more room for four as it was freestanding and not up against a railing. She said NO. We asked again nicely; she argued the size; we indicated the sameness; she became very agitated so we said we would take our business elsewhere. At this point two waitresses had expressed dismay at the situation and about then the "manager?" came by and told the hostess to seat us at the requested table. (I might add there was one group of 4 waiting behind us - no other customers). When we were seated, our waitress apologized for the hostess and brought our requested beverages. After about 15 minutes, we asked another waitress to find ours so that we could order. Placing a very straightforward order, we waited a very long time for the arrival of two very uncreative, slightly fresh salads. The dressing order was wrong and we waited another long time to catch the eye of a still different waitress (there were many at hand...just not ours). When our meal finally arrived, I informed the waitress that I had not ordered steak but prime rib. She said that was what I had, to which I replied, No this is a steak. Her response was that sometimes they just cut it differently and it was the end piece. It was very clearly a steak about 2 inches thick and 4 inches long. After some discussion, during which it was clear she was not going to be convinced, I finally said, ok fine. After about 15 minutes she came back and said, you know you were right. I asked the cook and there is a difference between steak and prime rib and I put the order in wrong. My daughter also received a steak, which she ordered, which bore no resemblance to mine, was very thin, very well done and very small. The waitress then said she usually works in the pub so was unfamiliar with this menu (and apparently basically American fare). She offered to bring me a piece of prime rib which, when it appeared later, was an overdone, pathetic looking slice of beef swimming in obviously packaged au jus mix - almost inedible. Her parting comments to us, after handing us the way-too-expensive bill for such a meal, was : You poor things, nothing seemed to go right for you tonight did it?
In summary, this was a very disappointing meal, extremely overpriced for the quality of food, not to mention the pathetic service that ranged from rudeness to stupidity. The grounds are charming and historic but the menu is uninspired, the outdoor furniture could have come close to reflecting the rest of the atmosphere and the price of the meal. I would absolutely NOT recommend this as a place to eat for anyone who has any expectations. There are apparently many other choices in the town, which we unfortunately did not have the opportunity to make.

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★☆☆☆☆

After a lovely visit of the battlefield, my daughter and I chose the Farnsworth House for dinner because of the lovely garden dining. Two menus were displayed out front and at the entrance, but the hostess was quick to point out that the outside dining would be limited to the dining room menu (despite the picnic table/plastic chair decor). We agreed and waited about 30 minutes for a table (were told 5 min max). We were shown to a table right in the middle of several large and noisy groups Noticing a table nearby next to the plants and water feature, we asked to be seated there. The hostess VERY rudely said it was a larger table and we were just two. The tables were, in fact, the same size; if anything, our table allowed more room for four as it was freestanding and not up against a railing. She said NO. We asked again nicely; she argued the size; we indicated the sameness; she became very agitated so we said we would take our business elsewhere. At this point two waitresses had expressed dismay at the situation and about then the "manager?" came by and told the hostess to seat us at the requested table. (I might add there was one group of 4 waiting behind us - no other customers). When we were seated, our waitress apologized for the hostess and brought our requested beverages. After about 15 minutes, we asked another waitress to find ours so that we could order. Placing a very straightforward order, we waited a very long time for the arrival of two very uncreative, slightly fresh salads. The dressing order was wrong and we waited another long time to catch the eye of a still different waitress (there were many at hand...just not ours). When our meal finally arrived, I informed the waitress that I had not ordered steak but prime rib. She said that was what I had, to which I replied, No this is a steak. Her response was that sometimes they just cut it differently and it was the end piece. It was very clearly a steak about 2 inches thick and 4 inches long. After some discussion, during which it was clear she was not going to be convinced, I finally said, ok fine. After about 15 minutes she came back and said, you know you were right. I asked the cook and there is a difference between steak and prime rib and I put the order in wrong. My daughter also received a steak, which she ordered, which bore no resemblance to mine, was very thin, very well done and very small. The waitress then said she usually works in the pub so was unfamiliar with this menu (and apparently basically American fare). She offered to bring me a piece of prime rib which, when it appeared later, was an overdone, pathetic looking slice of beef swimming in obviously packaged au jus mix - almost inedible. Her parting comments to us, after handing us the way-too-expensive bill for such a meal, was : You poor things, nothing seemed to go right for you tonight did it?
In summary, this was a very disappointing meal, extremely overpriced for the quality of food, not to mention the pathetic service that ranged from rudeness to stupidity. The grounds are charming and historic but the menu is uninspired, the outdoor furniture could have come close to reflecting the rest of the atmosphere and the price of the meal. I would absolutely NOT recommend this as a place to eat for anyone who has any expectations. There are apparently many other choices in the town, which we unfortunately did not have the opportunity to make.

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Farnsworth House is a really great place! It was around during the Battle of Gettysburg, and is host to several ghosts: among them a boy named Jeremy who died in the front of the inn when he got hit by a horse drawn buggy. Their ghost tours are the best in town. I highly recommend the ghost stories in the basement. The hour of stories is called "Mourning theatre". Very scary, but fun if you are into the paranormal. their food is fantastic too.

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Farnsworth House is a really great place! It was around during the Battle of Gettysburg, and is host to several ghosts: among them a boy named Jeremy who died in the front of the inn when he got hit by a horse drawn buggy. Their ghost tours are the best in town. I highly recommend the ghost stories in the basement. The hour of stories is called "Mourning theatre". Very scary, but fun if you are into the paranormal. their food is fantastic too.

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