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Shriver House Museum

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Address: 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone Number: +1 717-337-2800
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Description: 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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The museum really brought to life many aspects of everyday life in 1860s Gettysburg. More importantly, it provides a testament about the sufferings of an American family caught up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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99 reviews 99 reviews
15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The museum really brought to life many aspects of everyday life in 1860s Gettysburg. More importantly, it provides a testament about the sufferings of an American family caught up in the maelstrom of war. A highly recommended stop for any group visiting the city.

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West Chester, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting house to visit. Even though the family wasn't present for the battle, the museum gives good insight into what happened in the town before, during and after the battle and how the battle impacted the locals

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

2,400 people lived in Gettysburg and all were affected by the battle. The Shriver house is one of the best places in town to get to understand the story of the townspeople. The Heritage Center, The Rupp House and the museum at the Seminary will set the groundwork for your own reading and studies. To just read but not visit... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The guide was very well versed and passionate about the story. This family's history was so tragic. Another look into civilian life during and after the war.

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Europe
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My family and I attempted to this attraction. However, a large bus dropped off a large group as we arrived. When I asked one of the individuals in period clothing about the next tour, she rudely directed me to the main entrance and said they could help me. I had already attempted to go into the main entrance but it... More 

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Hettie S, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

I sincerely apologize that you and your family were not able to take the tour of the Shriver House Museum. We are fortunate to have thousands of school students from all over the U.S. tour the house to learn the story of the battle from the civilians' perspective through the eyes of the Shriver family. Unfortunately, due to the size... More 

Valatie, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We've visited Gettysburg before but never learned about what the citizens of Gettysburg went though. This time we did. The Shriver Museum is a perfect example. The house looks like it did during the battle. They tell the story of the Shriver Family. It is a very sad story but gives great insight into how the battle affected the people... More 

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Harrisburg, PA
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157 reviews 157 reviews
17 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It wasn't until this point in our visit did I fully grasp the impacts of this war on residents. This tour was well worth it and very good. I highly suggest taking it so you really appreciate the full battle experience. Place is small and can be cramped if real busy. Pay the fee and take the house tour -... More 

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Mount Union, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We loved visiting this house. The stories of the townspeople are definitely a piece of history that is often overlooked. The only downside was no pictures allowed. You can buy post cards though with room images on them!

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United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

To learn the story from the people/civilians who lived it ! It is a piece of the history that must be experienced. Extremely interesting story told by period dressed guides who know everything about the Shrivers. Another "MUST VISIT" for the other side of the story of the Gettysburgians who went through the war also!

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Twelve of us crowded into the little house to hear the story of the Shriver family. Many of the little houses in town have a Civil War story to tell and this one is both interesting and fun. Go and enjoy plus learn as you listen!

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