Jennie Wade: A Tragic Civil War Love Story

Romeo and Juliet may be the most notable star-crossed lovers, but Pennsylvania’s Jack Skelly and Jennie Wade have a love story that may be just as tragic.

Jennie Wade was the only civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg. She died on July 3, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg, with a picture of her love, Corporal Johnston “Jack” Hastings Skelly, nestled in her pocket.

He would never learn of her death, as he died of wounds sustained at the Second Battle of Winchester in Virginia on July 12, 1863. Read further to learn more about this tragic Civil War love story. Continue reading

Is Gettysburg Open In The Winter?

At Gettysburg Battlefield Tours, you’ll find tour guides who love sharing historical facts about the most important engagement of the American Civil War.

When winter arrives, that doesn’t stop.

Is Gettysburg open in the winter? You bet! The town known for one of America’s bloodiest battles is now perhaps one of the most peaceful places to visit in winter. Not only is the town of Gettysburg open to visitors hoping to dine and shop in this quaint historic town, but our guided tours of the battlefields and Winter Combo Deals make Gettysburg a wintertime destination.

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Winter Combo Tours Are Best-Kept Gettysburg Secret This Winter

Ghostly Images Thrifty visitors, take note! The existence of our winter combo tours seems to be one of the (unintentionally) best kept secrets in Gettysburg. These ghostly adventures are offered on Saturday nights during the winter season (weather permitting), and beware: when space fills up – they’re gone!

The exciting news, if you’re reading this in early January, is that the season has only just begun. Our special combo tours are offered on Saturdays starting January 15 at 7:00 PM, and they run all the way through March 12 (weather permitting) with the exception of February 12th when the tour time will be 6 PM.  Please note, Ghostly Images is only open Saturdays from 3:00 PM until the time of the tour.  We will also have a 7 PM Tour on Friday, February 11th.

Why do we call them combo tours?

As you probably can guess, each combo tour includes a private tour of the Jennie Wade House AND the Haunted Orphanage. You may have seen these on popular network shows such as: Continue reading

Actor Stephen Lane, Author of ‘The Wheatfield,’ Visits Gettysburg

Actor Stephen Lang recently traveled to our town for a book signing, hosted by The Gettysburg Foundation Visitor Center. His book, “The Wheatfield,” written for younger readers, is designed to encourage them to help others.

“The Wheatfield” tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor awardee James Jackson Purman. It describes the story of Purman, who fought with the Union Army, as he recounts fateful encounters with his friends and foes years after that fateful battle. Hindsight and the passing of time strip away allegiances to North and South.

Want to learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg and see history come alive? Tour the historic fields of Gettysburg through the perspective of a licensed battlefield guide. These tours are available year-round as well as specialty tours offered seasonally. Continue reading

Jennie Wade Specialty House Tour

Author Adam Shefts, The Victorian and Edwardian era enthusiast and an avid researcher of all things obscure relating to these time periods in America, will give presentation during the Jennie Wade Specialty House Tour.  After the tour, Mr. Shefts will sign purchased copies of his books in the gift shop.  Tour times will be 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM on December 4th & 11th, 2021.

Space is limited on tour.  Purchase tickets in advance.

Check in 15 minutes before tour time at 548 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA  17325  (717) 334-4100.

Dark Side of Christmas at 8 PM–Selected Friday and Saturday Nights in December

The Dark Side of Christmas will feature Folklore, Legends, Tales and History surrounding The Villains of the Season. From Krampus to Belsnickel with a variety of others.

Join a Ghostly Images Guide in the darkened assembly room to the rear of the Haunted Orphanage for “Haunted” Christmas stories that were brought to America from Germany, England, Italy, Austria and all across Europe centuries ago.

A Christmas Experience that you will never forget!

Friday Night, December 3rd, 10th and Saturday Nights December 4th, 11th & 18th in December through 18th.

$15 per person (Parental discretion is advised)

Scary Ghost Stories and Tales of Glories–Saturday Nights in December


On Christmas Eve 1863 the Mother of Jennie Wade, Mary, was still coping with the death of her 20 year old daughter.  Jennie was the only civilian to die during the infamous battle when a stray bullet passed through two doors striking her in the back before passing through her heart.

Tonight the spirit of Mary Wade has returned to the scene of that tragic death as she painfully tries to make sense of just how it all came to be.

You are invited to join her in her time of need as she retells the tale once again.  Follow her as she makes her way through the house, just as the family did in 1863, to the cellar where Jennies’ body was placed as the battle raged on outside.

Friday Nights-December 3rd and 10th; Saturday Nights December 4th, 11th & 18th at 4 PM & 6 PM.  Cost:  $15 per person.

Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas (Especially for History Fans)

With the holidays right around the corner and post-pandemic restrictions easing, Gettysburg is ready to welcome families and loved ones seeking to have a memorable, in-person Christmas holiday.

Plan an extended weekend in historic Gettysburg and give one of the most personalized Christmas gifts imaginable, with your loved ones gathered around. Continue reading

Best Places To Eat In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

About 1 million people come to visit Gettysburg National Military Park each year, a fantastic mixture of history buffs, ghost hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and more. And while we think we offer some of the best attractions this historic town has to offer, we also believe the restaurant options are fantastic as well.

If you’re wondering what the best places are to eat in Gettysburg, we have some great recommendations. From the Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern to the quaint Sunset Ice Cream Parlor, you’ll find options nearby to suit your taste.

Additionally, Destination Gettysburg is excited to unveil The Adams County Crop Hop, a farm and market trail to celebrate seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, cooking classes, entertainment, and more. The Crop Hop is a mobile passport giving you access to a collection of curated fruit markets, nurseries, attractions, and more and offering deals and discounts to redeem during your visit.

Read further to get a nice list of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to sate your appetites while you take a break from visiting nearby sites with Gettysburg Battlefield Tours. Continue reading