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Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg

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The Dobbin House Tavern, known also as Dobbin House, on 89 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a tavern which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was established in 1776, making it the oldest standing structure in the town limits of Gettysburg. It was built to be a home for Reverend Alexander Dobbin and his family. The building may have been a first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Mason–Dixon line, although this has not been substantiated. During and after the Battle of Gettysburg, the house served as a temporary field hospital.
During the latter half of the 20th century, the Dobbin House was home to a large Civil War diorama and a gift center catering to battlefield tourists. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Today, the house is a popular tavern and restaurant.

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  • First of all, the ambience is amazing. The history of the building is fantastic and the efforts that have gone into it being authentic to its late 18th century origins are stunning. We had 5 people... 
    First of all, the ambience is amazing. The history of the building is fantastic and the efforts that have gone into it being authentic to its late 18th century origins are stunning. We had 5 people...  more »
  • We went to this Restaurant to see the "false floor" area where slaves were hidden on their journey north on the underground railroad. We stayed for the food which took a while but was delicious. 
    We went to this Restaurant to see the "false floor" area where slaves were hidden on their journey north on the underground railroad. We stayed for the food which took a while but was delicious.  more »
  • Delicious meal in the Alexander Dobbin room! Crab dishes are amazing. Would go again. Cliff was terrific - thank you! 
    Delicious meal in the Alexander Dobbin room! Crab dishes are amazing. Would go again. Cliff was terrific - thank you!  more »
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  • Stayed in overlook suite II with my dad and sister and loved it! The room was gorgeous and was equipped with anything we could possibly need. The small details such as snacks, the coffee mugs, and even juice in the mini fridge, made the room very welcoming! The breakfast was great and the price was in line with any standard hotel in the area. Would love to come back and stay again.
  • I'm originally from out West so it was super cool to sit in a place that was built in 1776. The historical factor was what it was all about for us. You are allowed to walk through almost the entire house. We ate in the basement where only candlelight is used. The crab dip was recommended so we tried it. I wouldn't order it again as it wasn't $16 good in my opinion. We also ordered the chicken sandwich and that was very good. Overall, I would highly recommend eating here for the experience alone.
  • Dobbin House has a great atmosphere and really good food! Our server, Nikki, was top notch! Even though the restaurant was busy and she was moving non stop, she made sure we had everything we needed and had a great personality. Make sure you go upstairs after your meal. There is a small museum that shows where slaves were hidden during the Underground Railroad. Fantastic piece of history!
  • Hands-down the best dining experience we have ever had. The food was delicious, but the ambience is something truly special. Eating there was like stepping back in time — but not in a corny Medieval Times way. We'll be coming back to Gettysburg soon simply to eat at the Dobbin House again. Also, for couples, request the table by the fireplace, if possible. It was magical.
  • Great meal in a beautiful historic Gettysburg home. We sat in the tavern and enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food. Our kids liked feeling apart of history as well. This is a very popular spot during tourist season and like most places, they are short staffed, but did a stellar job keeping a very busy place going smoothly. A great experience!

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