EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally appeared in the York Daily Record in March 2008.
During the Civil War, Cashtown was invaded twice in one year by Confederate forces.
In December, it was invaded once again -- this time by a group of ghost hunters from the SciFi Channel show "Ghost Hunters."
Armed with night-vision goggles and infrared equipment, cameras, electromagnetic-field detectors, tape recorders and much more, members of TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, spent nearly four days scouring the Adams County inn for spirits from its past.
On March 26, an hourlong episode featuring the crew's research and findings at the Cashtown Inn will air at 9 and 11 p.m. on the SciFi Channel. The
Many of the members actually stayed overnight, said Jack Paladino, inn co-owner.
"They were all very, very polite and professional," Paladino said.
Grant Wilson, one of the show's ghost hunters and a founder of TAPS, stayed in the room Paladino said probably has the most paranormal activity: the Gen. Ambrose P. Hill room. The room is named after a Confederate general who used the inn as his headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg.
People who have stayed in the room tell stories of a rocking chair that mysteriously gets moved in the night, of sounds of rushing air and of a feeling that someone has sat down on the bed in the middle of the night, Paladino said.
"We've had so many stories that can be corroborated with others," he said.
But that's definitely not all of the stories of ghostly happenings at the Cashtown Inn.
Paladino said a female employee said she has had her ponytail yanked a few times while standing in the doorway between the bar and the kitchen. When she turns around, there's no one there.
As he told the story, Paladino produced a picture of what looks like a young girl, clothed in an early 1900s dress, floating in that same doorway.
Another employee once
The basement itself was once the site of one of the most gruesome places during all of the Civil War: a surgery room.
"They say the water in the stream flowed red," Paladino said, referring to a stream across the road from the inn.
The Confederate army used the inn as a hospital during the battle and as an evacuation point after their defeat at Gettysburg.
Wounded soldiers lay everywhere, according to legend. Supposedly, so many amputations were performed here that the limbs piled outside a cellar
Despite the inn's chilling history, Paladino said, he doesn't mind having permanent guests from the past in the inn that he and his wife, Maria, bought in 2006.
"There is an energy here," he said. "I look over my shoulder all the time."
Watch the hunt with the ghosts themselves.
What: A viewing party at the Cashtown Inn
When: March 26. The party starts at 8 p.m. with a cash bar; the episode, "Fear Cage," airs at 9 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $25. Proceeds benefit the Adams County SPCA. Raffles and giveaways will be held throughout the evening.
Reserve your spot: Call 334-9722
Learn more: For more information or directions, go to www.cashtowninn.com.