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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800
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Ranked #10 of 37 Attractions in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 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. « less
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

very small museum that is free. Spend $9.00 and take the guided tour of the house. The tour lady told what the family went through as the war was going on and the aftermath. Gives you the other side of the war in the town.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was a really interesting guided tour of George and Hettie Shriver's beautiful home. It is furnished as it might have been when they lived there, and the guide tells the story of what the civilian residents had to libe through during the days of the Battle of Gettysburg and long after. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Gettysburg.

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Kittanning
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very good history with the Shriver House Museum, the Ladies are dressed in period clothes and the tour takes you thru the families saloon, ten-pin alley, the 'attic' the garden...and you'll be able to view all the bullet holes on the side of the home...Very interesting! I loved it...

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Louisville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Docent, dressed in period garb, was knowledgeable and drew a great picture of the family who owned the house and what they went through during the battle and following years. Short tour (small house) but worth the time. Help preserve these important landmarks - tip well and buy something at the store.

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Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Loved going here and loved the guide dressed in period dress. So interesting going through the house and listened to the history of the people that lived there while the Battle was happening. How it affected their lives and see the actual bullet holes in the building!

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

First trip to Gettysburg. My husband and I are history buffs so we visited the Shriver House Museum. The charm is in the details. Take the time to chat with the tour guides, learn about the history of the house, and meet Buddy the resident cat. The owner and employees are warm, genuine people who are protecting history. This is... More

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Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A must see on a visit to Gettysburg! What a story. There is fee for this guided tour but it is well worth it.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Darling period house in downtown gettysburg with lots of history and great stories. Cute gift shop with neat Christmas cards. Worth the time and money

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Sugar Grove, IL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Very interesting guided tour that included a tavern and the attic where Civil War snipers were set up. Our guide was friendly and took the time to point out additional items of interest.

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Findlay, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We had planned our trip and this was on the list. It was definitely worth the time and money. Very interesting history, tour and museum. Be sure to put it on your list.

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