Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg

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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  • Our tour guide thru this tour was exceptional. She kept everyone engaged and entertained. Highly recommend.  more »
  • The Jennie Wade House is a must visit when you are in Gettysburg. The circumstances of Jennies life and death are both tragic and interesting. To see a home 150 years plus old still intact is rare. Th...  more »
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  • From the moment you walk in, it's a wonderful experience.The woman running the gift shop was very helpful and very sweet. The tour guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and engaging. Jennie and her family's story came alive through this experience and I would highly recommend anyone visiting in Gettysburg make this one of their stops!
  • I've been to Gettysburg several times, but this was the first time I took the tour for the Jenny Wade house. My family enjoyed it. This presents a nice view of what ordinary citizens were experiencing during the historic battle, and this house was caught in the crossfire. The story is tragic but true, and there are several unexpected twists in it that are revealed at the end of the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and kind and worth a tip at the end.

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