In 1787, John Troxell Sr. bought this plot of land from James Gettys, the founder of Gettysburg. In 1804, Mr. Troxell opened the Sign of the Buck tavern and roadhouse to accommodate those traveling to the western frontier of Pennsylvania and beyond.

As our nation grew and Gettysburg became the county seat, this establishment grew to house more travelers. By 1863, the town of Gettysburg was booming with 2,400 residents and many businesses. The hotel, then known as the Union Hotel, served as a hospital for the wounded soldiers after the battle. Indeed, the events that transpired during those three long days in July forever changed the course of our nation's history, Gettysburg's history, and this hotel's history.

By April of 1888, Gettysburg was a stopping place for all to see. Everyone wanted to walk upon the battlefields of the Civil War. The veterans returned to Gettysburg for the 25th Anniversary of the battle and this establishment, then named the City Hotel.

The City Hotel closed in the 60's and was used as an apartment building until the 80's when it served as an American Youth Hostel for ten years. In March of 1995, the building was renovated and became the James Gettys Hotel.

Majestic 12


The Innkeepers of the James Gettys Hotel invite you to stay in one of the last remaining historic hotels in Gettysburg. Restored in 1996, The James Gettys Hotel is the perfect blend between a European style boutique hotel and a traditional bed and breakfast. With only twelve suites the inn offers the coziness of a bed and breakfast, but with the added privacy of your suite. 

Each suite is tastefully appointed with its own individual style and decor featuring a sitting room, kitchenette, bedroom and private bath. It is the perfect home away from home, a place to unpack and completely relax while visiting the surrounding area.

    Keeping with the tradition of a bed and breakfast, you will be served a continental breakfast basket daily, which includes fresh baked muffins, breads and coffeecakes all made in house, paired with seasonal fruits. This too is served in the privacy of your suite. 
Within each suite you will find a kitchenette complete with microwave, refrigerator and two burner stove (sorry but there is no stove in the Majestic Suite). Coffee makers and fresh ground coffee as well as a tea kettle and British imported teas are a great way to start your day.



With years of experience in the innkeeping business, the innkeepers of the Historic James Gettys Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Gettysburg, invite you to come enjoy our unique rooms, gracious amenities, warm hospitality and exceptional service.

Special touches in each of our suites include:

  • Complimentary fresh ground coffees and imported British teas
  • Fine toilet soaps
  • Additional pillows
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Complimentary breakfast served in room
  • Bottled water
  • Flat Panel TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Ironing Board and Iron
  • Alarm Clock w/ Docking Station
  •  Kitchenette with Stove Top (no stove in Majestic Suite), Refrigerator, and Microwave

Hotel services include area travel and tour arrangements upon request and free on-site parking.

We are handicap accessible. There is a parking space reserved for handicap and an accessible ramp from our parking lot to our front door. Our front entrance is within ADA compliance and access to an elevator to get to the reserved suite.