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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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Excellent tour! You will like it!

On our last day at Gettysburg we decided to do this. So glad we did! It was highly recommended by the guide we had for our horseback tours, which I also highly recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

On our last day at Gettysburg we decided to do this. So glad we did! It was highly recommended by the guide we had for our horseback tours, which I also highly recommend! (National Riding Stable) Our guide for the Shriver House tour was very knowledgeable, friendly and in character. She knew a lot about it and was well informed.... More 

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Slinger, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our tour of this historic home. Our tour guide made the experience very interesting, with stories of what the Shriver family went through. Would advise a bathroom break before the tour, there are no public restrooms available on site.

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Belle Vernon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

One of the best experiences I ever had in Gettysburg! I am a person who visits Gettysburg often as well as a history teacher and I must say, this is somewhere all people who visit Gettysburg need to see to get the experience of what the citizens of the town went through during this time. The people working here were... More 

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Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing what this family went though during the Civil War. Also the story about Tillie Pierce is a big part here too. The story is told by someone dressed in period clothing and is very knowledgeable about the family and the house. This is a must see the get the feel of what had happened here.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I loved the Shriver House. You truly see what the civilian side of the battle was like. It has been restored from top to bottom and gives you a real feel of what it was like back then.

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Endicott, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

First off I read others reviews so we made sure to be there first thing in the morning...upon arriving they told us that they had school groups scheduled ALL DAY and if we came back at 4PM they might be able to get in to do the tour. They DO NOT make any allowances for tourists if they have school... More 

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Nancie G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

It is unfortunate you had such an unpleasant experience visiting the Shriver House Museum. Please allow me to address your concerns. The Shrivers’ home has been privately and meticulously restored to its 1860s appearance – but it is just a house. The NPS Visitors Center can accommodate up to 100 motorcoaches per day; the Shriver House Museum can accommodate one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The home is privately owned and operated. The hostess was gracious and gave us information that allowed us to run an errand before the next tour began. Unlike some docents, our tour guide did not sound rote. We enjoyed the tour (about 30 minutes) and the opportunity to step back in time. The docent recommended a jewel of a little... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is an original home in Gettysburg town and offers a lot of very interesting history about the Shriver family and the way folks lived during the Civil War. It is amazing that this home remains much liek it was in the 1800's. It is definitely worth visiting.

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Austin, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

This was the first place I went to on my trip. It set things off on a positive note. I found the house and its story fascinating! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable. She answered any questions I had. The building is in a great location. Close to many other things to do and see. The gift shop was great.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is a good example of what a "town" home looked like during the Gettysburg battle. Many, many buildings were used as hospitals and your tour guide will explain the effect this war had on the town and its inhabitants. Very well done.

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Additional Information about Shriver House Museum

Address: 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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