The bullet holes preserved in the kitchen door tell the tragedy of the Jennie Wade House, where Jennie became the only civilian to perish in the Battle of Gettysburg. Her death earned the house its place in history, but before that the home saw its share of happier times. We know that her sister, Georgia McClellan, who was renting the house, had just given birth—a joyous occasion, indeed! And young Jennie, just 20 years old, was already betrothed to a soldier—Corporal Johnston “Jack” Skelly of the 87th. Perhaps the family held an engagement party in that very house!
This December, instead of treating your visit as a vigil, let your trip to the Jennie Wade House be a celebration of her life. Twenty is too young an age to die, but not too young to have lived! Ponder the cheerful occasions of family gatherings and holiday merriment, the romance of her courtship and her thrill at becoming an aunt. Hope to be joined by festive spirits of Christmas past and friends of Christmas present!
To help create that atmosphere, the house will be adorned with a variety of Christmas decorations for your enjoyment (and Jennie’s!) while familiar tunes of the season fill the air. And if the chance for such a unique experience at the historic museum isn’t enough to convince you, then maybe the refreshments and discounted admission will! Come and be a part of the Jennie Wade holiday celebration, on Saturdays and Sundays in December.