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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800
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You may 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 (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. 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 Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, to 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 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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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800

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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Love Gettysburg. Took a great friend there to track down his Great Grandfather who fought in the battle. What an experience.

Thank John B
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Took the Candlelight Christmas tour which is offered at the Shriver House on selected Friday & Saturday evenings during the Holiday season. The house is decorated for Christmas as it would have been in the 1860's. Very nice tour that goes through out the house...More

Thank USFFrank
Reviewed 21 December 2017

We have gone to the Shriver House before during the summer. This time, it was over Thanksgiving break so it was decorated for the Christmas holiday. It was a great tour with some different information we all enjoyed. Even my 8 year old son thought...More

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 31 October 2017

It was a small tour by costumed guide and took 1/2 hr. We saw the battle through this family and the toll it took on their lives, especially the children. It is a very personal story but one you would not soon forget.

Thank cga857
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Excellent and authentic presentation. Our guide was very good. Very interesting to walk through the house and hear about the Shriver family. The backyard garden is true to the period. Notice the several bullet holes on the south side of the house. Tour is well...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We were fortunate to have a very good tour guide. She did a very good job in relating the story of the Shriver family before (including their plans, aspirations), during and after the battle in Gettysburg as we toured the home they lived in. In...More

Thank gold-vintner
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The Shriver House is a great example of a well to do family's dwelling during the 1860's. The story of the the Shriver family and their experience during the fighting in Gettysburg is very informative and interesting.

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Reviewed 17 October 2017

A glimpse into the lives of one family how they lived before, during and after those 3 days in July. Beautifully restored home. Very knowledgeable guide. A must see to understand the human side of the people of Gettysburg.

Thank mhoke39
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

To start off, I'd like to say that our tour guide was the best tour guide we've ever had. We've been to many places and had many tour guides, but Bonnie was the best. She just made you feel welcome. She was knowledgeable, great with...More

Thank Denise R
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Guide was able to maintain attention of three generations. We got an excellent feel of what daily life was like during Civil War and what life was like during those three days and after. It was very interesting and didn't take a ton of time.

Thank martha5447
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14 July 2016|
Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.