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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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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Evanston, Illinois
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82 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

So much of Gettysburg is focused on the battle, the strategies, the soldiers and the significance of this fight in the grand scheme of things during the Civil War, that it is easy to forget that there was a significant town wedged in the middle of the hostilities, and families had to hunker down and get through not only three... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This museum was suggested to us by a few people and is very interesting. However, it is not a must see for your first trip to Gettysburg. This is a place I would reserve for subsequent trips. It does give you a glimpse into the life of a family during the battle and is interesting but for the price and... More

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Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed the presentation by a knowlegable tour guide. It was very interesting to see the home and learn of its history and the family that lived there.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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315 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My friend and I truly enjoyed this tour! The house's own history and authenticity are outstanding, and the family's story is a true civilian tale of the struggles that come with the Civil War. Highly recommended.

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South Pole
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Great to see the Battle of Gettysburg from a civilian perspective. Adds a whole different dimension to the complexity of this piece of history. They "trashed" two rooms of the house to recreate what it may have looked like when they got back to the home. My guess is that this was only half of what they really found when... More

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