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Shriver House Museum

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Address: 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
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+1 717-337-2800
00:00 - 00:00
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You know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to...

You know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to the families and their homes in town?

    The Shriver House Museum is an award-winning Civil War museum dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told through the eyes of the Shriver family whose ancestors settled in the area in the 1700s. While George Shriver served in the Union army, his wife, Hettie, was worried about the safety of their daughters, Mollie (5) and Sadie (7), as well as their home. When soldiers filled the streets of Gettysburg, Hettie chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; she knew they would be out of harm's way there. Hettie could not know she jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union ground. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic.

    Today the home of George and Hettie Shriver appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through the Shrivers' home - including the Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic and Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. The story of George Shriver was not well-known until 1996 when his house, which sat abandoned for nearly 30 years, was painstakingly restored to its original 1860s appearance. Today, the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Taking a virtual trip back to Civil War Christmas

We ran out of time during our visit to Gettysburg in October and did not get to tour the Shriver House. We discovered then that there were candlelight tours scheduled for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Dan S
Sykesville, Maryland

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Sykesville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We ran out of time during our visit to Gettysburg in October and did not get to tour the Shriver House. We discovered then that there were candlelight tours scheduled for the Christmas season. Since we live less than an hour away, we decided that the tour would be a wonderful way to begin our Christmas observance; so, we made... More 

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Blairsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Full of history and great stories, this tour was the best one my boyfriend and I enjoyed while in Gettysburg. Our tour guide was a retired teacher and you could feel her passion. I will definitely be taking another tour when I return in June 2017

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Exceptional tour with a wonderful tour guide. Highly recommend taking the time to visit this museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We went for the tour of Christmas time during the battle from civilian life it was a fantastic tour learned a lot of history from Christmas. Best was the parade happened during our visit and we all stood out to watch great to be in a small town with the closeness it gives during holidays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Our guide was dressed in time period fashion. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the story of the house and family who lived here during the battle. The house was beautifully decorated for christmas and as we toured each floor had a story of Christmas at different years. The guide made sure to include my kids and kept everyone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We did the candlelight tour over thanksgiving weekend. It was a great experience going back in time to 1860's. We made reservations in advance over the phone with a credit card. Parking was up front and it's metered until 8 pm. The house was nicely decorated for Christmas. The staff and owners are really nice and sweet. They have a... More 

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Amissville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This was a tour of the house with all the Christmas decorations, lit by candles. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the house and its history. The tour focuses on how the war affected the Shrivers at Christmas and each floor focused on a different year. I highly recommend this tour!

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

After hearing all about the battle and all the troops fighting here and there, this should be your very next stop. First of all, the house has been painstakingly and lovingly restored to award winning quality. But even better, based on excellent research and diaries, this attraction tells the story of a family living in Gettysburg during the Battle and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a great chance to understand what it was like for the families in this town suddenly overwhelmed by the battle encompassing and determining their lives. This is one woman's story of survival and loss. How her home was turned into a battle sight and the aftermath of trying to reestablish normalcy. Another perspective of how the war turned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The guides are very knowledgeable and the history of the house is fascinating! During the battle anniversary dates, there are re-enactors throughout the house that get visitors involved in the story. Tis is a must-see place in Gettysburg!

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