The Jennie Wade House Museum in Gettysburg, PA is a
Civil War Building located in downtown Gettysburg. A
brick structure, the house is split into what we
would call a 'duplex', built for two families to
live in. The house still has bullet holes in the
brick facade, along with the bullet hole in the door
where the bullet that struck and killed traveled
The Local Lore
There are many stories of hauntings connected with the
Jennie Wade House. There is also a DVD titled The
Jennie Wade House Is Haunted available for purchase.
There have been reports of sounds of footsteps
moving through the rooms, balls of light, images
caught in pictures and many more things that are
inexplicable. The Jennie Wade House Museum displays
some of the strange photos in the museum. The house
has been restored to its original Nineteenth Century
During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, two families
resided in the Jennie Wade House. The north section
was occupied by the McClellan family, Mrs. J. Lewis
McClellan being Jennie Wade's sister. The south side
of the house was occupied by a Mrs. McClain.
Twenty-year-old Jennie Wade, also known as Mary
Virginia Wade, was killed on July 3, 1863, the
second day of the fighting when a bullet travelled
through the kitchen door, through the parlor door
which was also open behind her, and struck her in
the back, exiting through her heart, while she was
making bread dough in front of the kitchen stove.
She was killed instantly. Jennie was at the home,
helping with her sister, Mrs. McClellan, who had
given birth to a son days before. Just an hour
before Jennie was killed, a bullet entered the
living room window, struck the bedpost of the bed
that had been brought down from upstairs for Mrs.
McClellan to rest in, and fell to the pillow beside
Mrs. McClellan's head. By the end of the battle,
every window in the north side of the house had been
shot out. Jennie's mother was also in attendance at
the house, as well as her younger brother.
After Jennie was shot and killed, soldiers near the
house heard the commotion coming from inside, and
entered the house. Thinking to get the family to a
safer place, the soldiers carried Jennie's body up
the stairs to the sleeping rooms. They knew they
couldn't exit on the north side of the house due to
the gun battle. Upstairs, there was a hole in the
wall to the other side of the house, made when a
shell had entered the roof and crashed through the
wall into the McClain side. The soldiers, carrying
Jennie's body, led the family through the hole, down
the stairs on the south side of the house, out
through the kitchen door then down into the cellar.
Jennie's body lay in the cellar until after the
battle, then she was buried in the backyard. Her
body was moved again, then again to the cemetery
where her body lies now.
Chris and her husband, Rick, took a trip to
Gettysburg, PA on vacation. While there, they toured
The Jennie Wade House Museum. On the tour, there
were two other couples. One, a couple in their
mid-fifties and another, a young couple. The only
other person present was the tour guide, who stayed
in the downstairs side of the McClellan side while
we continued through the house on a self-guided
Chris, nor Rick, mentioned Ravencrest Paranormal
Investigations while touring the home. Chris took
many random photos inside the house while touring
it. Not feeling anything paranormal, nor seeing any
strange things, Chris and Rick enjoyed the tour and
continued on their day sight-seeing in Gettysburg.
Evidence and Review
When Chris and Rick returned home, Chris began going
through the photographs taken while in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg is said to be the most haunted area in
the United States due to how many people were killed
during the three-day battle of Gettysburg.
One particular photo seemed to have something odd
reflecting in a mirror in one of the upstairs
bedrooms. Enlarging the photo, Chris was struck by
the image of a face in a small, dresser-top mirror.
After cropping and enlarging the photo, Chris sent
it to Ghostly Images Tours of Gettysburg, renown for
their expertise in determining paranormal images
taken in photographs in the Jennie Wade House
Museum. Below is their reply via email regarding the
image in the mirror:
September 28, 2009
"The item is a modern reproduction of an antique
mirror. After reviewing the photo crop 1 & 2, I see
2 images, a larger face in the upper right quarter
and a smaller face in the lower left quarter. I've
seen other strange images in this mirror but your
photo is the most interesting..."
You can view this photo and the cropped images below.
Upon further review of the photos Chris took, she was
surprised to find what seems to be a face in another
photo, taken in the parlor area of the McClellan
side of the home. Seen at first as a faint light
area in the background of a picture hanging on the
wall, Chris cropped and enlarged the area to get a
better look. She was surprised to find what looked
to be the face of a man, with a heavy mustache, in
the background of the picture, possibly in the glass
covering the picture. Chris again sent this photo
along with the cropped images to Ghostly Images
Tours of Gettysburg. Below is their reply to the
second set of photos:
October 12, 2009
"I can see what you believe to be a face. However, the
background texture of that photo can lead to some
unusual patterns and images when photos are taken
from different angles. I cannot say with any
certainty whether or not you captured a true image
of a supernatural entity."
Chris wrote again, including a crop of another photo
taken on the McClain side of the house in the
kitchen. The photo was of a wall covered with
pictures pertaining to Jennie Wade. Viewing the
photos, Chris noticed one in particular that
resembled the ghostly image of the man in the
reflection. It was one of what Chris believes to be
Lewis Kenneth McClellan. The photo is below for you
Leaving the second set of photos as 'uncertain', Chris
will do more research into the images she captured
on September 7th, 2009.
It seems The Jennie Wade House Museum does have some
sort of activity going on there. Chris would love to
go back and investigate further in the future.
If anyone is interested, you can check out the Ghostly
Images of Gettysburg website to learn about their
Ghostly Images Tours of