Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg

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Hear the story of Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade, the only civilian to be killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, at Jennie Wade House. Here, you can take a guided tour of the house where Wade was shot by a stray bullet during the three-day battle. On July 1, 1863, 20-year old Wade was visiting her sister when one of the more than 150 bullets that hit the home shot through the door and pierced her heart. The home is decorated with artifacts from the day Wade died, and guides in period clothing retell the story of her death. The guides also describe life in Gettysburg during the battle. During the tour, your guide will point out various bullet holes in the walls, including the one through which the fateful bullet entered. Notice the floorboard where Wade stood--still marked with her blood. Plan your Jennie Wade House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Gettysburg using our Gettysburg road trip planning app .
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  • The story that goes with this house is remarkable. As only one of I believe 2 civilians to be killed during the fighting in Gettysburg it’s a must see while you are there.  more »
  • Interesting tour, had never heard of Jenny Wade before, also it is amazing that she was the only civilian killed in Gettysburg.  more »
  • I was here on a very informative tour in November, 2017. Our guide let us know about the legend that if a single woman sticks her ring finger in the hole in the door left by the bullet that killed Jen...  more »
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  • The guide was kind enough to give me an individual tour when I arrived during a slow time, and she did an amazing job. Her knowledge of the house, history, and Wade family was outstanding , and she expertly answered all of my many questions. It is a very interesting story and I enjoyed the experience immensely.
  • I was taking my family around Gettysburg back in June, and we decided to visit the gift shop and take the tour of the house. Our tour guide was Starr. She is an amazing and witty lady. She was a very informative guide as we walked through the Jennie Wade house, and she made sure that everybody got the pictures that they wanted and was quick to answer any questions that were asked. My mother became ill walking through the house and had to leave the tour, and Starr even checked on her after the tour was done. To walk through this house is an amazing experience, especially with Starr as your guide!
  • If you're a history nerd it is a quick (45 minutes) and very informative tour. Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Provides a wonderful background to any Gettysburg sightseeing you do. The bullet holes that remain are super cool/chilling reminder of the war.
  • This tour was super awesome! It was soo interesting and the guide knew so much stuff! I was constantly wow-ing during the tour. For a tour that's $8.75, it is SO worth it! (Put my finger in the hole, hope it works!!)
  • Great tour of the house. Very educational & interesting. Fabulous tour guide.

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