Dobbin House Tavern

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89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA, USA - (717) 334-2100

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traveller142009 travelle…
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Unexpected Gem of a Restaurant Mar 02, 2013
We lost our directions and ended up downtown Gettysburg, PA.

We decided to stop and have lunch. We walked into the Country Curiosity Store to get out of the cold and to wait for the other members of group so that we could decide where to eat lunch. Inside this store was a nice little lobby area with cosy sofas/chairs and well lit fireplace. Behind it was a sign that says "tavern". We decided to check it out and found a cosy restaurant in the basement of this building filled with patrons. After a quick look at the menu, we decided to have lunch here. It was only after seated that we realized that this is a very historic restaurant built in 1776 by the Dobbin family. In the 1800's, the house was used as a "Way Station" for hiding runaway slaves. During the Civil War, it was used as a hospital for both union and confederate soldiers. After the war, the Dobbin House was reportedly used as a Tavern. The house is registered with the "National Register of Historic Places", "Pennsylvania State Historic Registry" and with Gettysburg's "Historic Landmarks".

The dining room was cosy and dimly lit with soft music in the background. The service was prompt and courteous. The lunch menu was reasonable priced and their Baked King's Onion Soup was absolutely delicious and their Hot Apple Cider with a slice of apple was the best apple cider I have ever tasted. There was also a bar with huge selection of happy drinks. I would highly recommend this place if you are ever in the Gettysburg definitely is worth a stop.
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
A Colonial Tavern in Gettysburg May 27, 2010
The Dobbin House Tavern presents a Colonial atmosphere amidst Gettysburg's Civil War era motif. The restaurant is a reminder that Gettysburg was founded as a waystop for travelers on the many highways that meet here.

Alexander Dobbin built the stone house in 1776. It was not used a tavern until after the Civil War. But, the house already had a history as an early school, as a way station hiding runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, and as a field hospital during the battle.

Today, the house is a restaurant serving Colonial-themed dishes as well a regular fare. (It reminded me of the Mount Vernon Inn.) The waitstaff are dressed in Colonial attire and the dining room is dark, as though lit by candles. A babbling spring adds a pleasant touch to the underground Springhosue Tavern room.

Susan and I had lunch at Dobbin House. I ordered a Dobbin's Hot Beef sandwich and Susan a Maryland Colony Crabcake sandwich. Both were excellent! For dessert we had Warm Colonial Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce. It was right out of the oven. Very nice! I've never had gingerbread like that!
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Dr_Seuss says:
Sounds a cool place 8)
Posted on: Jun 02, 2010

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