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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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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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Great tour! Interesting to learn what citizens went through!

The Shriver House Museum tour really shed some light on what it was like for the people of Gettysburg during the war. Our period dressed guide took us through the rooms of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The Shriver House Museum tour really shed some light on what it was like for the people of Gettysburg during the war. Our period dressed guide took us through the rooms of the home and described the story of the Shriver's and what they had to endure and return to. The house was carefully restored to look as it did... More 

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Sigel, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What a great experience! We where the last tour of the day and it turned out to me a private tour. Out visit was wonderful. A ton of information that gave you a peek at how the people in town survived and what happened to them at the time of the battle and after. This is the part of history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We took our tour on a Sunday afternoon and it was just me and my boyfriend and the tour guide. The tour was very informative and you really get an understanding of what the citizens of Gettysburg experienced during the war. Definitely worth the visit!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

An excellent tour that can fill time if you need to allow some time in between things. Tour takes about 45 minutes and had a role in the battle that was close to town.

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nyc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This house in the center of town was in the thick of the fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg, serving as a sniper's nest as Confederate soldiers fired toward Union lines on Cemetery Ridge. Docents dressed in period costumes take you through the house, providing an interesting overview of civilian life during the Civil War era.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

For $8.50 you can take a guided tour of the Shriver house which provides an insider look of what the citizens experienced during the battle of Gettysburg. My husband and I were just walk-in, but I got the impression that they run tours every 30 minutes or so (that is about how long they last). Our guide was dressed in... More 

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Martville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a hard one to rate....it goes as following My teenage son said he would give it a one star....because it's over priced and he didn't care for the lady giving the tour. Me....I gave it 1.5 to 2 stars..because nothing in that house is original. It's over priced & the tour last 25 minutes at top. The best... More 

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Grove City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We were looking for things other than the battlefields during our visit. This hit the spot. The house has been remodeled very well. The tour was filled with a lot of information and gave a different insight to the life during the time of the Civil War. We will definitely be visiting here again when we come back to Gettysburg.... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Can not say enough good things about this tour. The staff was extremely knowledgable and friendly. I am a history fanatic and was thrilled to hear another perspective on the war!

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Fraser
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

After hearing so much about how the Shriver house had been occupied during the Battle of Gettysburg, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to take the tour. It was WONDERFUL!! The guide was informative and friendly and the history of the house during the battle was fascinating. This shouldn't be missed if you're visiting Gettysburg!

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