Have you been to the Jennie Wade house? If not, we’d like to tell you about it. We’re confident that once you know more, you will want to see it for yourself. If you have, but really enjoy the Jennie Wade’s story, we’ve included a bit of fascinating trivia just for you!
The Jennie Wade house is a two family home where the only civilian casualty occurred during the Battle of Gettysburg. Each side consists of a downstairs kitchen and parlor, 2 upstairs bedrooms and a cellar only accessible from outside. Georgia Wade McClellan (Jennie’s sister) occupied one half of the home while Mrs. McClain lived in the other. At the time of Jennie’s death, she was living with her sister. (Don’t know Jennie’s story? Check out our Jennie Wade House Story blog post.) The house was not in a good location because it was placed between both armies and as they fought, bullets repeatedly struck the house. The north side received the most damage with over 150 bullet holes!
Today the Jennie Wade house still stands and is a museum dedicated to Jennie Wade’s story. You can learn more about visiting this historic site on our website. If you have any questions please feel free to call us. We can be reached at 717-334-4100.
Now, for all you who dig the history surrounding the Jennie Wade House but have already toured it, as promised, here’s a tidbit of trivia you may not know: Jennie Wade had three (yes, three!) resting places after she passed away. On July 4th 1863 she was laid to rest in her sister’s garden. Six months later she was relocated to a cemetery “near the German Reform Church” in Gettysburg. Her final resting place is in the Evergreen Cemetery and has a special permission flag that flies over her grave 365 days a year without illumination.