The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast

302 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Innkeeper(s): Ken & Dianne Hammontree
  • Introduction

    Where History Comes Alive!

    The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, front view The Jenny Wade, as seen in the August issue of the Ohio Magazine, offers what no other Bed and Breakfast can; personal time with historical figures.

    You can choose to do nothing at all at The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast or for a small additional fee, you can eat breakfast with General Eisenhower or perhaps you would rather have tea with General Washington.

  • Amenities

    The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, jenny wade marquee

    • Reservation and Concierge Service
    • Wireless Internet Access
    • Robes and Hair Dryers Provided
    • Unlimited Beverages
  • Mary Virginia (Jenny) Wade - Her Story

    The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, there was a time novelThe Civil War was a time of great tragedy for the United States - and great drama. A small, but very poignant story during this great conflict from the pivotal battle of Gettysburg is about a young 20 year-old girl killed during the three-day battle. Mary Virginia "Jenny" Wade was helping her mother make bread in her sister's little red brick house located in the middle of the fighting. She was struck down by a Confederate sharpshooter's bullet on the morning of July 3,1863. Unknown to Jenny, her childhood sweetheart, Corporal "Jack"Skelly was, at that very hour, suffering from mortal wounds inflicted during the Battle of Winchester, Virginia. Both lovers never knew of the fate of the other.

    The wounded Skelly, as he lay in a hospital bed outside of Winchester, was able with the help of another childhood friend, Wesley Culp, to write his beloved Jenny a farewell letter before he died. Culp, whose Confederate division was heading toward the Gettysburg area happened to see the wounded Skelly laying along the side of the road and had his close friend carried to a hospital. It was just before Culp left with his division that Jack gave him the letter to Jenny. Jack insisted that Wesley give the letter to no one except his beloved. The letter never reached Jenny and was buried with the body of Culp at the foot of a hill outside of Gettysburg. We know the letter existed because the evening Culp's division reached Gettysburg, he had a chance to visit his family who were well within the Confederate lines and shared with them the story about Jack and the letter. He refused, however, to give it to any of them.

    Four months later in November of 1863, when Lincoln went to Gettysburg to dedicate the soldiers' cemetery, he was told about the story of Jenny Wade and how she had been killed while baking bread for Union Soldiers. Lincoln was so moved and touched by this story that he asked Jenny's sister, Georgia, to sit beside him on the platform while he delivered his Gettysburg Address. The Jenny Wade Bed & Breakfast House (circa 1859) is named in honor of her service and sacrifice to our great Nation during the Civil War. The information on Jenny Wade was obtained from Kenneth Hammontree's book "There Was A Time," the story of Jenny Wade.

  • Living History Productions

    The Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, Ken Harmontree

    Call him General Eisenhower or General Patton. Or call him Tecumseh, legendary Shawnee leader. How about Daniel Boone? Or better yet, just call him Kenneth Harmontree. No he's not identity challenged, he's Mr. Ohio History- a walking historical library.

    After college, Ken began teaching American and Ohio History. He was surprised that many of his students did not share his excitement about our past. Realizing the students had a difficult time relating to our past; Ken came up with an unusual plan. He would occasionally teach the class in first person, impersonating an historical figure. His first performance was as Johnny Appleseed.

    That was the humble beginning of Living History Productions. Through the years, Ken has not accumulated various wigs, make-up, costumes, and historical characters. After teaching, Ken decided to go into engineering design with Marathon Oil Company, but wanted to continue bringing living history to Ohio, so he continues to appear at schools, libraries, historical societies, and other events throughout the state.

    Ken add's a new historical character every few years, but he insists they meet strict criteria before joining his repertoire. The characters must display integrity, have moral credibility and be someone that young people can look up to and learn from. Ken thoroughly researches each new addition right down to the clothing and world events that surrounded that character;s period.

    Although he has portrayed numerous people over the years, his favorite characters are George Washington, Generals Eisenhower and Patton, and of course, his first character Johnny Appleseed. In addition, to being a thespian and historical role player, Ken is also a published author. His first book, "There Was a Time" is a historical novel centering on Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed in the battle of Gettysburg.

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