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Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

1. Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: The Wonder Women's History Tour

2. Gettysburg: The Wonder Women's History Tour

Discover the untold stories of female war heroes on this 60 or 90-minute walking tour of Gettysburg’s historic district. Your guide will regale you with tales of the everyday women who cared for the sick, buried the dead, and picked up arms as the Battle of Gettysburg raged on. Stand beside Jennie Wade, the battle’s only civilian casualty, as she hurriedly bakes bread in her final moments. Dig graves with the cemetery caretaker, Elizabeth Thorn, as the dead continue to pile up in the fields. Get a detailed, first-hand look at what it was like to be both a civilian and a soldier during the Civil War’s most dramatic, bloody battle. You’ll walk away with a complete picture of what life was like in July of 1863, where history books offer a very limited scope. Choose the extended tour to visit an additional three stops, where you’ll learn about the scars the battle left behind, and finish up with ice cream from Cone Sweet Cone.

Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

3. Gettysburg: Jennie Wade's Baltimore Street Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Downtown Gettysburg and embark on a journey back in time to the Civil War. On this 2-hour walking tour, learn about the Civil War from the unique perspective of the ordinary townspeople who lived in Gettysburg. Against the backdrop of historical Baltimore Street, discover how local residents were terrorized after being trapped between 2 warring armies. See the historic buildings and monuments along Baltimore Street, and with the help of your expert guide, compare the existing structures to what the town looked like in 1863. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the former home of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the Civil War. Listen to stories about Jennie’s life as a local in Gettysburg and how she came to be the town’s most famous resident.

Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

4. Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Downtown Gettysburg at your own pace with a self-guided audio walking tour. Using an application on your phone, get access to your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center, the National Cemetery, the Witness Tree, and much more. Download your Action Tour Guide application and start your tour at the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Head north toward the National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address. Learn next about the Jenny Wade House, the only civilian casualty in the whole battle. Then, it’s on to the Children of Gettysburg museum, full of exhibits about those oft-forgotten witnesses to all the bloodshed. Admire the Witness Tree, where Lincoln's carriage passed on his way to deliver his speech. Pass the home of Hettie Shriver, and find out why she went out of the frying pan and into the fire. At the Pierce House Inn, learn of the home to a young girl who became an unlikely combat medic during and after the battle, See the Gettysburg Museum of history, a private collection of over 4,000 war-related artifacts, and learn about modern-day grave robbers. The next landmark you’ll pass is a peculiar one—the remnants of an old cannon! Then there’s the Adams County Courthouse, which became an impromptu hospital for wounded soldiers as the fighting raged on. Afterward, you’ll pass the site where Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once had an office. His name might not be as well-remembered as Lincoln’s, but he’s definitely a hero worth knowing. Then, past a life-size Lincoln statue perfect for photo ops, you’ll find the David Wills House, where the real Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address. Get to the Gettysburg Hotel, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in town. Finally, after hearing about the battle’s devastating aftermath, you’ll arrive at the train station which became an emergency medical station after the fighting had concluded at long last.

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What people are saying about Jennie Wade House

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 201 reviews

Vincent was very knowledgeable about the area and had pictures to go with the tour! I had a strange experience the next morning…I wear a Cross necklace all the time and never take it off. For some reason this morning the chain on my necklace broke and my cross fell to the floor. I would think anything about it except I took a picture of one of the houses on the tour and when I looked at it you can see a weird haze in the window that was not there when I took the picture or after I took it. I tried to take it again but the haze never showed up again. Have fun!!!

The walking tour is an intriguing way to stroll up and down the historical streets of Gettysburg. The tour guide shared fascinating excerpts from days gone by. Throughout the evening's journey, Justin captivated the audience with tales of the battle and how such profound loss left behind remnants of suffering and mysteries that continue to dwell amongst the streets of Gettysburg.

Totally fun informative walk thru town. Ken was very knowledgeable friendly and a pleasure to spend those 2 hours with. He answered all of our questions moved at our pace and just got us a great flavor of what life was like for the civilians in town when the battle occurred. Strongly recommend Ken as a tour guide

Ken is so knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for the subject made the tour very enjoyable!

Terrific atmosphere, the tour guide Vincent was very knowledgeable