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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-2800
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Ranked #8 of 34 attractions in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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 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. See all four floors of the house 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. « less
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We took a tour of the Shriver House Museum. Jerry was our tour guide and he told us about the civilian side of the battle of Gettysburg, and what the citizens of the city had to endure during the battle. From the attic where you see the location where the rebel sharp shooters sat, to the basement saloon, Jerry’s stories... More

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Clinton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a home and the experience of one family that lived in town at the time. It was about $8.00 for a tour that takes about 1/2 hour and takes you through the tour of the house and their story. Though interesting, there are many museums in town and this is just one of them. Not on the top... More

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Hamburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

On our trip to Gettysburg we had the opportunity to take an excellent tour of The Shriver House. Our tour guide, Nancy, gave the most fascinating account of the civilian perspective of those 3 terrible days in July of 1863 and beyond. This tour also made me more aware of the plight of women in the past. I would highly... More

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Raleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Very informative presentation as to how the local residents of Gettysburg felt during the days of the battle.

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Potomac, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It's a great place to learn the perspective of the Battle of Gettysburg from the people who lived on Baltimore Street. The tour seemed expensive, but it was worth the price to get the historical perspective of a family who built and lived in the house. This is a privately run museum, so admission revenue funds the operation. The story... More

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Cleveland, OH
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

great to get the perspective/story of a family's experience during and after the war. Tour was not too long, our guide was very good.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We loved touring this restored home and learning about the family who lived here during the Civil War. And after touring the battle sites, it's really interesting to get a different perspective of 1860s Gettysburg.

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West Chester, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Take your time and enjoy this interesting family museum. Lots of things to see...so take your time. Will young children like it...depends on their attention span and your ability to interpret things. Attic especially interesting as it was used as a sharp shooter's nest. There is also a book about the family for sale at the museum.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The tour here took us through the Shriver house through many rooms that had been reproduced with respect to the original owners inventory list of belongings. It's interesting to hear about how a regular family fared through the battle day to day, and the attic certainly is THE most interesting spot in the entire. However, this tour seemed to lack... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

As I toured the Gettysburg battlefield and learned of the 3 days of the battle, I was surprised to see how close the soldiers were to houses, farms, and businesses. I wondered what people did when soldiers were firing cannons in their back yards-- this museum helps to explain the experience of civilians. Admission is about $9 and tours seem... More

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