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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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Interesting and informative!

What a good way to gain knowledge about the battle of Gettysburg. I am not a history buff however I found it to be a fun way to learn about Gettysburg. The tour guides were very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

What a good way to gain knowledge about the battle of Gettysburg. I am not a history buff however I found it to be a fun way to learn about Gettysburg. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Everyone who comes to Gettysburg visits the battlefields, but this excellent museum shows the civilian experience during the battle. The historic home is restored and furnished as it was in the 1860s. A costumed tour guide explains what life was like in the town as the battle raged on... Confederate troops actually took control of this house for a time.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great guide who made this family come to life once again. Gives you further appreciation for all the sacrifices of the people of Gettysburg.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed getting a little insight into the civilian experience of the Battle of Gettysburg. Our guide really knew her stuff; the tour's only half an hour, but she gave us good value for our money.

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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited here for the second time. The guide was really wonderful. There was a young boy in this tour and he was completely fascinated. It really gives insight to the civilian side of the battle story and living in 1860's Gettysburg. The story of the Shriver family before, during and after the War was very interesting. The artifacts in... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting diversion away from the battlefield and tells how a wealthy family lived in Gettysburg during the battle. It takes about an hour. Because the family had children, it might be a good activity for those with kids (I'd say 6 and older).

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to see what happened to this family when the home was taken over by the military. Lovely restoration. Gives a perspective of what the ordinary citizens had to endure. Guides in period costumes. Times tickets, so call ahead to reserve your space. I left a message on their answering machine and they called back and I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very knowledgeable guide. Even though the furnishings were not the original to the house, they were accurate to the time period. Very interesting story both concerning the family and what happened with the civilian population during and after the battle

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Done a lot of historic houses but this one is particularly good. The house was taken over by confederates and then the union. The basement was used a Pub and bowling alley. You can see where bullets flew in the attic. It got a bit hot on the summer day I was there but otherwise, really enjoyed it. I don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A woman who gave us a carriage ride suggested for us to take the tour of the Shriver House...so glad we went for it! Our tour guide was wonderful and really gave us an understanding of what it would have felt like to be Hettie and her family living here and the time period itself! My 7 year old son... More 

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Additional Information about Shriver House Museum

Address: 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone Number: +1 717-337-2800
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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