Fairfield, PA was along the main route of retreat for the Army of
Northern Virginia following the battle of Gettysburg.  The
Fairfield Inn, which dates to 1757, not only  witnessed the
misery of the defeated Southern Army as it made its way home
but like many long-active inns, has a fascinating history of
famous and insignificant visitors, some which remain either in
residual form or as an intelligent entity. Kelly and John Weaver
investigated the Inn in Sept. 2003 and concluded it is indeed
haunted. Kelly's sensing of "playful young soldier spirits" in the
kitchen made sense to the new owners, who confirmed a rash of
unexplained "mischieveous" events which had kitchen help
blaming each other.
(Unfortunatley, constantly running cooler
compressors and numerous reflective surfaces make this kitchen
a poor location for audio recording and still photos)
Near the
tavern fireplace (pic @ RT) as she described an individual spirit
who has a strong presence in that room, the male entity is heard
on her tape responding to her description of him.  
She
describes him as a “shoot-em-up scrawny little guy�
and a gruff, grunting “Aggghh!� is clearly heard.
After hearing this, I went to the spot and took numerous photos
and readings, and the Trifield meter indeed produced some
elevated readings at intervals  suggesting movement of the field
across the meter's location. (If constant, the stones in the
fireplace would be a suspected cause.)  I also filmed here with
my camcorder and, although it is quite faint, a similar response
seems to be heard.
Recent Photos of Interest from Members and Others  Click on BOLD text to hear EVP
P A G E  2 -- Investigating The Fairfield Inn
Spirit Society of PA
The owners reported hearing nothing about any hauntings at the Inn
prior to acquiring it in November 2002.  The wife explained her first
encounter at the Fairfield involved a 3rd floor door which would simply
not stay latched — It would open and unexplained cold gusts would be
felt.  One night, their long-time bartender casually mentioned the tale that
a female ghost did not want this door shut and would open it anytime it
was!  One of their renovation projects actually saw the removal of this
door - an open archway has been built at the spot. (Seen @ RT)  I went
upstairs to the location for photos, etc. and also had my tape recorder
running.  As I ascend the last few steps, a female voice asks
“what
are you doing here?�… I am heard asking “do you miss the
doorâ€�, and she seems not to, as she responds with a “No!â€�.  
Some unusual EM readings were also noted around this archway, where
Kelly had described a “female presence� prior to hearing of the
owner’s experience with the door.
There are, of course, several haunted inns in the Gettysburg/Adams County area and Kelly and I have been to all of them.  The
Farnsworth House, Herr Tavern and Cashtown Inn all have stories of paranormal activity and their own unique atmosphere.
The Fairfield Inn can be added to this list - is a real gem, historically, and the reported activity plus what we’ve found so
far merits further research.  Kelly and I look forward to spending a night or two sometime and plan to arrange a “haunted
diningâ€� event for the SSP in the 2004.  The next time you are in Gettysburg, take a short 10 minute drive down Rt 116 to
Fairfield.  Whether you spend the night, enjoy a meal (and perhaps one of Joe Kerrigan’s Civil War-era Magic Shows or
Seance re-creations) or just share a pint in the tavern, you’ll find the rustic charm is second to none. For details on â
€œProfessorâ€� Kerrigan's performances and the Inn itself, visit  
http://civilwartheater.com.  (John & Kelly celebrated their
13th wedding anniversary on 2-14-04 by attending Joe's performance.  It is an incredibly entertaining blend of magic, history,
humor and the paranormal accompanied by great food in a charming, historic and haunted location!)