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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: More than 3 million soldiers fought in the Civil War. Every soldier, north and south, has a story. The Shriver House Museum tells the story of one of... more » Owner description: More than 3 million soldiers fought in the Civil War. Every soldier, north and south, has a story. The Shriver House Museum tells the story of one of those soldiers - George Washington Shriver. To walk through the home of George and Hettie Shriver today is a step back in time. The Shrivers' story unfolds as you walk through the family's authentically restored 1860 home with guides dressed in period attire to learn about their lives before, during and after the Civil War. A self-guided tour describes the 1860s neighbors and highlights the differences in the Shrivers' property from 1860 to today. « less
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Binghamton, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Gave us an informative view of civilian life at the time of the Civil War. The story of the family as they braved the trip to and from the farm was heart wrenching. Hearing these stories brings to life the horrors of war. Must see tour.

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North Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visiting the Shriver House Museum gave us all a unique perspective from a non-military point of view. A definite must see!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This house museum depicts the life of one of the wives whose husband served his country and lost his life at the Battle of Gettysburg. Like so many other wives and mothers, little information regarding their soldier's deaths reached them. The bravery described by the tour guide of Mrs. Shriver as she raised her two daughters during this time was... More

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was wonderful and the house is a great piece of history. The attic with its sniper holes was fascinating as well as the forensic photographs. Make Sure to walk along the outside wall to see the bullet holes in the brick. Definitely worth a visit.

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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Was a very interesting place to see how they lived during the civil war. The period furniture is nice. It reminded us that they were shorter than we are today. Worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We never miss this location. Every time we come to Gettysburg we tour the Shriver house. The best is on July 1, 2, 3rd when they hold the reenactment. After reading the books, I tend to find myself feeling as though I personally lived int hat time. Wonderful tour guides.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I thought it was a bit pricey - but overall, the narrative, tour and presentation was really worth the price. Great stories - and you see the battle thru the eyes of the townspeople which is very illuminating!! My original hiccough at the price was diminished as the tour went on and was completely gone by the end! Very nice,... More

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Excellent tour that paints a picture of what it was like for a civilian family during the battle at Gettysburg. The tour guide was excellent and seemed genuinely excited to be giving accurate information. Great learning experience. The house was set up as if it was still 1863, wonderful tour.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Shriver House demonstrates what the town-folk experienced during the war. How the houses were furnished, what the soldiers did to homes they occupied and how the women and children aided the casualties ..all told through a story about the Shriver family. Our 12 year old grand-daughter was enthralled with the Shriver history partially do to our docent's theatrics, which... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I toured the Shriver house on Aug 16 and it was a wonderful tour. The tour guide was well spoken, and tried to relate things that were happening in town during the battle to the audience. She kindly pulled the youngest tour member into it by pointing out what the children would have been doing in daily life and during... More

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