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Hotel at a Glance: 2.5-Star Greencastle Hotel
This Pennsylvania hotel is perfect for Civil War buffs—it’s almost equidistant between two of America’s most hallowed battlefields: Gettysburg and Antietam. Both are within a 45-minute drive. Another important site, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where abolitionist John Brown led his famous uprising before the war, is only an hour away.
- Stay connected with free WiFi throughout the hotel.
- Stay active: Fitness center onsite.
- Get rolling in the morning with a free breakfast including eggs, waffles, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
- Grab a slice at the onsite pizza parlor.
- Pet-friendly rooms: Bring your dog along (up to 75 pounds) for just $20 per night.
Greencastle, Pennsylvania: All-American Small Town near Civil War Sites
An archetypal small town in southern Pennsylvania, Greencastle is a pleasant place to stop on your way to busier nearby destinations like Gettysburg, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. There’s historic precedent: George Washington had breakfast at McCullough’s Tavern here in 1794 before heading off to quell the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia even managed to capture the town en route to Gettysburg during the Civil War.
Linger in Greencastle longer than Washington and Lee did, and you’ll find some quintessential Americana. Start at Carl’s Drug Store, which opened in 1825, making it the country’s oldest continuously operating pharmacy. If you journey into the surrounding countryside, be sure to cross one of the town’s two covered bridges. One of them, Martin’s Mill Bridge, is one of the longest in the state.
Aptly named after the founding brothers Chamber in 1764, Chambersburg served as an important crossroads throughout early American history. Conveniently located where the Conococheaque Creek and Falling Spring met, Chambersburg saw many travelers pass through from the east due west. The town was occupied three times throughout the civil war, and the town square is where Robert E. Lee chose to charge east into Gettysburg.
The town’s historical significance and charm is still present today, with shops, museums, and sightseeing that all nod to Chambersburg’s rich Civil War heritage. Visitors can stroll through the endearing streets of downtown and peruse storefronts of the many antique shops. For the history buff, check out the Franklin County Jail, which served as a stop on the underground railroad, or a Chambersburg Story Stop, which recounts impactful moments in time like the Burning of Chambersburg. For those wanting to take in the picturesque landscapes, the Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground offers stunning views of the Dutch Country, along with family-friendly fishing, miniature golf, recreation hall, and more.