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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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emmaus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This simple tour of a civilians home in Gettysburg tells the story from a perspective most average people can relate to more so than that of being a soldier. To me it brought home the horror of the war in a way that is hard to grasp on the battlefield.

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Cohoes, NY
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24 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Shrivers lived during the Civil War. This museum provides the events of the Civil War from the view point of a family living through this tragic part of our history. The Shriver House tour guide is dressed in civil war era clothing. She was very informative and interesting. The tour last for about 40 minutes. We are so glad... More 

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The other side of things - forget the lost orders the flanking movement and the what ifs of the battle and get the story of the battle from the boys & girls on the home front. The Guide was perfect and she has even written a book on the Shrivers ( this made our annual presidents day trip to G-Burg... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This unique little museum was once a private house owned by the Shriver family of Gettysburg. During the battle the house was occupied by confederate soldiers and later it was used as a hospital. The tour, which is given by people in character dress is only about a half hour but is chock full of information and cool visuals. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This was such a great tour! My kids (9 and 4) and I loved hearing the history! We especially loved hearing about the attic! I highly recommend this tour. It was also very reasonably priced! Thank you for a great time!

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Enjoyed this very much. Love the history. Guides were in costume. Gift shop carried many unique things. They sell the Buttered Maple candles that smell like cooking pancakes. Highly recommend.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A great way to learn the civilian experience as the armies of the North and the South gathered and fought in Gettysburg.

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Garner, North Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This home was privately restored and is opened to the public with no public funding or assistance. If for no other reason, people should visit to help maintain and keep open this important historic property. Notwithstanding the fact that it was a labor of love, it is one of the best restorations interpreting the tragic story of a Union family... More 

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