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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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  • Was a interesting tour with a knowledgeable guide that gave you a informative speech before letting you walk through the house at your own pace 
    Was a interesting tour with a knowledgeable guide that gave you a informative speech before letting you walk through the house at your own pace  more »
  • Interesting house where the only civilian was killed during the battle. Our guide spoke too fast and wasn't the most friendly. 
    Interesting house where the only civilian was killed during the battle. Our guide spoke too fast and wasn't the most friendly.  more »
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  • Historically Jenny Wade is known as the only Civilian killed in the three days Battle of Gettysburg. At twenty years old, baking bread for the Union soldiers, would prove to be fatal. The small home is incredibly still in tact and battle worn, with evident bullet holes and bullets lodged into the frame in which they've sat for the past century and a half. It is surreal to stand within the walls of the home and be told the events that had unfolded here. In all of the homes that I visited in Gettysburg, I think it was here in the Jenny Wade home that I was able to envision the battle from a civilian perspective the best and how horrific that side of the battle must have been, as well. Great tour, fair price, and friendly staff. A must stop location while trying to experience and understand the battle from all perspectives. My only dislike regarding the property is how commercialized the surrounding area has became. The home, is easily bypassed, sitting almost in the shadow of a rather looming hotel. While its easy to get lost in time from the inside, on the outside, the modernized surroundings makes it almost impossible to truly connect with the past. Recommended, following up this tour with a stop at the local cemetery where you can locate fairly easily Jenny's grave.
  • We visited on Easter Sunday due to not observing the holiday. They were open from 12pm-3pm which was appreciated! The workers were clad in time-appropriate fashions. The gift shop, upon entering, has so many neat nick-nacks and locally made crafts! Jennie's sister's house was quite a sobering experience that I will forever appreciate the opportunity to have had. Because I went early in the season, my family had a seven minute intro by a worker whom showed us the bullet holes, and then allowed us to tour the home on our own with the help of a detailed brochure. As we walked through the house on our self-guided tour, it was almost a more personal experience than if a guide were to walk with us. We were able to be alone in the kitchen where Jennie leaned over her dough tray, selflessly making biscuits for union soldiers. We were able to see the hole where her poor family carried her body to the neighbors house a down into the cellar where her body rested until it was safe to bury. This was a great place to stumble upon, and one that I was not aware of prior to planning my Gettysburg trip. Make sure to visit the place where an innocent civilian lost her life as a result of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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