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. Arrange your visit to Jennie Wade House and discover more family-friendly attractions in Gettysburg using our Gettysburg travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Located RIGHT next door to the double decker tour bus office. This was a wonderful 30-45 minute guided tour, quite fascinating to learn of this family, their struggles, and Jennie's death. A must stop...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This place was interesting to learn the story of Jennie wade. You could still see the bullet holes that hit the house as well as the hole that the bullet that went thru the kitchen door that took jenn...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We ended up here mostly because it shares a parking lot with our hotel. Still, it was a good, manageably sized bit of history for our family of six, with four children aged 5-10. The tour focuses on t...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • April 5, 2017
    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.
  • April 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    Starr was an excellent guide, provided lots of information in a short amount of time. This was well worth the time spent!
  • April 21, 2017
    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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