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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800
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Ranked #10 of 36 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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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Newark, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A museum dedicated to the civilian side of things in the aftermath of the battle! This was one my husband I kept missing on all of our trips to Gettysburg. When we finally decided to check it out, I was delighted by the story of the family and what the townspeople had to deal with after the armies made their... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This house is only a snapshot of the devastation this town encountered. One needs many perspectives to experience history

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NYC
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A look at what civilian life was like and the effects of the battle on civilians. We were there during the July 4 weekend when there are re-enactments of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Shriver House was used by Confederate sharpshooters during the battle so they had four Rebels in their attic shooting out the window. Very realistic. Our tour... More

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North East, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the Shriver house, Learning about a specific family during the Gettysburg battle was interesting and a unique perspective. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and informative and she eagerly answered our many questions. We found the perspective of family life during this time of conflict to be intriguing and thoughtful, I'm glad that we went!

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Pennington, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Given the lack of a crowd, we had a "private tour" of the Shriver House. Unfortunately, the tour guide was so robotic that there was no spontaneity to any of our visit -- no real opportunity to ask questions or learn more than what we were told. It was interested, to be sure, but not as interesting as it should... More

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