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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800
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Ranked #10 of 35 attractions in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 in front of her home, Hettie chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top where she knew they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know they jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union forces. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. To walk through the home of George and Hettie Shriver today is a step back in time. It 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 as you walk through their home - from the authentic Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic 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. Today, the Shrivers' story is one of the most intriguing stories told when it comes to the civilian aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg. « less
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Cleveland, Ohio
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This tour was one of the more insightful tours we have been on. The lady that gave us the tour was very charismatic and very informative. The whole story is sad, and it tells you a different perspective and what the civilians went through during the Battle. We arrived a few minutes before the tour was to start, and they... More

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our family of 6 showed up just as the last tour of the day was starting, rather than missing the beginning while we went to pay, the guide just had us join the tour and pay at the end. Very thoughtful. This tour gives the other side of the story, the family perspective of what took place during the battle... More

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Edinboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

This tour and shop were very pleasent. We stopped by shortly after it opened and we're in a small tour group of only 5 people. The suffering of civilians was great during this battle. Very informative and very nice guide she answered questions and at the end helped us find how to get to the back of the house to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was a great place for our whole family. My daughters all enjoyed the tour. We were able to see what it was like for a civilian family, with young daughters, during the battle. The tour guide, Bonnie, was very knowledgable and able to answer questions that we asked. It was my favorite thing we did in Gettysburg.

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W. PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We liked this place better than the Wade house. We got a lot more info from this tour. Very informational.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Nice tour and told about one family's struggle during the battle. The tour gives a different perspective on the battle and life in Gettysburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

The story of the Shriver family was very interesting. It was told from a wonderful guide in period costume. Very much worth your time.

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Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a small museum that focuses on the non-military townspeople of Gettysburg. The impact that the battle had on the townspeople is discussed. Tour guides knowledgeable and willing to share and answer questions.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This lovingly restored home brings the mid 19th century to life, and reminds visitors that the battle also ran throughout the town, invading people's homes. We had to wait a bit for our tour to begin, so we went around the back, where we saw the laundry facilities and learned about household gardening, and toileting - a big hit with... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had an older woman in period clothing who while giving an extremely informative tour made you feel as though you were there during the war...the details were amazing...I almost felt as though I were walking thru history with my grandmother...definitely will visit again.

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