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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  • Ok, first, this is not Jennie Wade's house. It is a duplex, half of which was owned by her sister and her husband. Jennie and her mother were there taking care of her sister after her sister had her b...  more »
  • WOW...What an interesting history lesson given by Starr our tour guide. She knew everything about Jennie and her family. A must stop in Gettsburgh for sure. Thanks Starr!  more »
  • We have visited the Jenny Wade house many times for both public tours and private investigations. The history is great and all guides seem eager to answer any questions you have. There is definitely a...  more »
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  • It was very interesting to learn how war directly affected the families living in the war zone and what they had to do to survive, as well as what they contributed toward the efforts. It was a very heartfelt story.
  • We made this our first stop in Gettysburg and so glad we did. Becky was an amazing tour guide and she gave us so much information. Thank you Becky and Starr for an absolutely wonderful experience. My husband and I really enjoyed our time there.
  • We took a short trip to Gettysburg on the weekend of Easter. Desided to take my grandchildren, ages 9 and 6 to the Jenny Wade house and they loved the story that are wonderful guide George had told them. They want to go back again. Thank for a great experience.
  • Starr was an excellent guide, provided lots of information in a short amount of time. This was well worth the time spent!
  • The daytime tour was amazing. The guide was very knowledgeable. The house is an incredible piece of history and is well taken care of.

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Though Gettysburg offers plenty of lodging options to suit every visitor's budget, remember that you must reserve your room at least a few months ahead of time if you plan to attend the popular battle reenactments. Many inns in the heart of town offer both a sense of history and many modern amenities, including exercise facilities and both indoor and outdoor pools. You can also choose to stay at a comfortable hotel just northwest of the area's historical battlefield complex, located only minutes from downtown.
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