The Friends of Jennie Wade is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2003. We operate on the memberships and donations of people interested in keeping history alive and meaningful. Over the last 10 years we have accomplished most of our mission through the Jennie Wade Riverboat and her affiliation with the Clermont County Park District. Due to funding cuts the Jennie Wade is no longer a part of the Chilo Park but the mission of the Friends will continue in a new venue. Her story and the stories she told helped start the Friends of Jennie Wade organization. She will never be forgotten because she was the catalyst that started it all.
If you are interested in getting more information or in becoming a member click here for an application.
Learn about the story of the restoration of the Jennie Wade from how she looked in 1970 as an amusement park ride at Gettysburg Timeless Townes of the America to present day at her home port, Chilo Lock #34 Park.
Click here for the story of her full circle journey back to Ohio.
The Jennie Wade as she looked in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, 1990.
The Jennie Wade is launched into the Susquehanna River, 2000.
The 2003 and 2004 seasons are spent on the Ohio River.
Steve Free in Concert on the top deck of the Jennie Wade part of the festivities of the Ohio Tobacco Festival
Jennie at her new home in Cincinnati's fabulous Rivertowne Marina, Kellogg Ave.
Visit her sometime and meet the great people that are taking her on her next journey.
Focus on education:
Since its beginnings in 2003, the Jennie Wade has made education one of our main focuses. Thousands of school children have toured the facility, learning about her namesake, Jennie Wade the young teenage volunteer and Civil War heroine who was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. They learn the story of the restoration of the Jennie Wade and about volunteerism, the driving force that made this project happen. The children also learn about the use of the flat bottom boats that traveled the rivers before the wicket dams were built to control the rivers.
Now a new display shows how these boats worked. A model of the Proctor K. Smiley, an early Ripley Ohio ferry boat, shows visitors the inner workings of a steam driven engine.
New Educational Display
Another organization that focuses on education and is filled with boat building ideas is the American Sternwheel Association. Check out their site right here.