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Shriver House Museum

Address: 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone Number: +1 717-337-2800
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #6 of 30 Attractions in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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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 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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Enola, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Loved hearing about how the townspeople dealt with a battle in their quiet little town. I can't begin to imagine the sights, sounds, smells and general nerve wracking experience.

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Elkins, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Many of the battles during the American Civil War were fought in open sites away from populated towns. The Battle of Gettysburg is an exception. It was fought in and around the small town placing the civilians in harms way. The Shriver House Museum interprets the affect that the battle had on the civilian population. I'm sure each Gettysburg household... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This museum tells the story very well of a Gettysburg family and their experience of what life was like for them before, during, and after the Gettysburg battle occurred. George and Hettie Shriver were a young couple, with two little girls seven and five, when the battle of Gettysburg happened. George was off serving in the war at that time,... More

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was our first time in Gettysburg and what a great way to find out how the civilians were affected by the battle. The house is beautifully kept as a representation of the time period. Our guide was wonderful and really helped us to understand the history of the house and family. Definitely worth the time and money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This museum gives you the civilian's perspective of the Civil War. My kids, 7 & 10, enjoyed it so much they took the tour twice. Our tour guide, Nancy, was awesome. She was extremely knowledgeable about the museum and Gettysburg in general. Nancy not only did an excellent job with the tour but she also was able to point us... More

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Stratford, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It was cool to see inside a house used by the soldiers during the civil war. The tour was good. Kids enjoted it.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Really gave a view of what the townspeople went through! The tour guide was very thorough. Our 12 year old really enjoyed it!!

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a gem. Take the tour of the house, look at the backyard and see the bullet holes on the side of the house. The story of the family is interesting and gives you a different perspective of what happened to the townspeople during the was in Gettsyburg.

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Mt. Laurel, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The guide through the home, Hannah, was wonderful. She gave us a great synopsis of the Shriver's and how they lived during the Civil War, which was a very sad story. Well worth visiting.

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The staff and tour of the Shriver House Museum my husband and myself visited last week was absolutely wonderful. The staff and story told were truly amazing. We sometimes forget what the civilians encountered during the war. Definitely as must see.

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