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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  • I toured with my sis and bff and it was well worth the price of admission. Ben was an excellent story teller. And for a small house, I feel like we got alot of history. And their gift shop had lots of...  more »
  • I took the tour earlier in November. Our guide was Starr, who obviously loves her job and loves the Jennie Wade House itself. Her passion for her work shone throughout the tour, and she included small...  more »
  • Ben, our guide, was very personable and informative. Real people from Civil War times come alive in this tour. Shouldn’t be missed in Gettysburg!  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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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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