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Composting at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast

Here are two easy ways to compost your food scraps and soft garden trimmings and weeds.

Why compost?

Your plants need organic matter in the soil. When you make compost and add it to your garden soil, you are doing three wonderful things for your plants.

  1. You are feeding your plants nutrients.

  2. Your are adding material that will help the soil stay moist and loose so the roots can thrive.

  3. You are feeding the microbes and worms in the soil that are necessary for a healthy garden ecosystem.

Easy composting for your garden.

You can compost in place and plant your vegetables right on top of your compost pile.

  1. Make a container to hold the compost. Your container can be a ring of chicken wire or a cardboard box. Your container should breathe.

  2. Layer your soft garden trimmings including grass and pruning bits, fall leaves, and weeds that have not yet gone to seed with some soil or potting mix and sprinkle with nitrogen fertilizer. Pack down the layers so they don’t dry out.

  3. Put a layer of good garden soil or potting mix on top.

  4. Sprinkle from time to time if there isn’t enough rain to keep it damp.

Your pile will be ready to plant with vegetables in a few weeks. Don’t worry if it isn’t completely composted. It will continue to break down as your plants grow. If you use a cardboard box, the box will also compost.

Easy kitchen composting

Just put an old blender by your sink. Put all the food scraps directly into the blender including your coffee grounds and salad and fruit trimmings. You can even put some animal products in your compost mix. Then cover your kitchen scraps with water. Blend into a slurry and go pour it in your garden around your flowers, shrubs or anywhere where you are preparing a new garden. It is not recommended to pour the slurry directly on the vegetable garden where you are growing food to eat.

Your compost slurry will breakdown very quickly and add nutrients and texture to your garden soil.

You will also help your garbage service because you won’t have smelly rotting food in your garbage can. Everyone wins!

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Cyclorama Evening With The Painting

Several times a year, the Gettysburg National Military Park allows visitors to get an inside visit with the spectacular Cyclorama mural of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Gettysburg Cyclorama

These special events called An Evening With the Painting allow you experience the beautiful 377 foot circular mural with guide Sue Boardman. You will learn about the story of the mural and then go down underneath to see the complex structure of the mural display.

Only forty visitors are allowed to attend each event. To order tickets, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call the Reservations Department at 877-874-2478

The program will be offered in 2019 on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 5 - 7 pm

  • Saturday, March 23, 5 - 7 pm

  • Saturday, June 15, 6 - 8 pm

  • Saturday, July 20, 6 - 8 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 - 8 pm

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 6 - 8 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 5 - 7 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 3:45 - 5:45 pm

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How early do you need to book your room?

We give our in-house guests the first chance to rebook the same time next year. This means that we do not take reservations more than a year in advance.

If you have a special room that you want on a specific date, please call us as soon as you make your plans. Otherwise, it only takes one person to book the room and it is no longer available.

Does that mean that you shouldn’t even try if you want to travel at the last minute? No! Please give us a call and see if we have any rooms. Just be prepared to be flexible about what room you stay in.

We require a two night minimum for Saturday night stays in our busy season (April - November.) We will waive the two night minimum if you call within a week of your stay and the room is still available.

We hope this helps you plan your visit. Hope to see you soon!

Houghtelin's Hideaway Guest Room at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast

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Celebrate the Holidays in Gettysburg

Holiday cheer surrounds you in Gettysburg.

Are you looking for a place to feel the holiday spirit? Come back to Gettysburg!

The Gettysburg Christmas Festival December 1, 2018

The Christmas Festival inspired spirited celebrating and shopping throughout the historic streets and shoppes. The festival date is in the past but the the spirit is still here. Come and discover the holidays in Gettysburg, PA!

Gettysburg Lincoln Square dressed for the holidays with Christmas tree and lights

Gettysburg Lincoln Square dressed for the holidays with Christmas tree and lights

Roaring 20’s at A&A’s Village Treasures

Roaring 20’s at A&A’s Village Treasures

Gettysburg Christmas Haus on Baltimore Street

Gettysburg Christmas Haus on Baltimore Street

Speakeasy fundraiser for Ruth’s Harvest at Gettysburg’s Spirited Ladies

Speakeasy fundraiser for Ruth’s Harvest at Gettysburg’s Spirited Ladies

Gettysburg’s Battlefield Bed & Breakfast is filled with holiday spirit. The breakfast room decor has Santa hats for our guests.

Gettysburg’s Battlefield Bed & Breakfast is filled with holiday spirit. The breakfast room decor has Santa hats for our guests.

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So Many Parks To Visit Near Gettysburg!

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So Many Parks To Visit Near Gettysburg!

Outdoor lovers will love all the beautiful parks near Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Military Park has 6000 acres to explore. But don't stop there! Hike, picnic, fish, swim, go boating, and explore. Here are some of the other parks we recommend.

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Camp Letterman

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Camp Letterman

Camp Letterman

Gettysburg's Civil War Tent Hospital

Did you know your innkeeper Debbie March is a direct descendant of the Wolf family that owned the farm where Camp Letterman Hospital was located after the Battle of Gettysburg? When the Federal Government set up a temporary hospital for the wounded from the battle, they selected the location of the Wolf farm on the York Pike. The farm had running water, shade trees, and most important, good access to major roads and the railroad. The tent hospital was supplied with surgeons, nurses, cooks, quartermaster, and supply clerk. The hospital was named after Dr. Jonathan Letterman who was the Medical Director for the Army of the Potomac. 

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The Gardens of Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn

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The Gardens of Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn

Here at Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn we pride ourselves on the scenic beauty of our thirty acre property. Throughout the property we have many gardens overflowing with colorful flowers and lush vegetation. July is in many ways the peak time of the year to visit and experience our nature preserve. It is also an ideal time of the year to take advantage of our Historic Barn or Solarium Event Venue and plan an outdoor wedding on our property. Take a closer look at the scenic beauty of Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn with this outdoor photo gallery. All of these pictures were taken in July, 2016. 

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