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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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11:30 pm - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 pm - 11:59 pm
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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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Boy Scouts really enjoyed this

They are closed for the season, but will open for groups. I emailed them a week ahead of our visit and told them we had a group of 32 and they were so nice about the whole deal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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High Point, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I were excited to tour the Shriver museum, and we learned a lot, but the last part of the tour kind of ruined it for me. The end involved touring the house, but the rooms were set up to look like the Confederate soldiers had just been there, so it was set up and decorated, which looked... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They are closed for the season, but will open for groups. I emailed them a week ahead of our visit and told them we had a group of 32 and they were so nice about the whole deal. It is an actual house remaining from during the Battle, complete with bullet holes in the walls and a sniper den in... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was amazing! So informative and interesting. Learning the civilians perspective really helps to better understand the war. I loved how the house was set up, as if the soldiers had just taken over. The tour guide was super knowledgable and I loved the costumes. Definitely a must see while in Gettysburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great tour! We did our tour during the holidays when the house was decorated for Christmas. Because the Civil War devastated this family, the tour takes you back to a holiday before the war when the family was happy in their lovely home but also details the events of the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath on... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The house is beautiful, the history fascinating, and the tour guide wonderful! She not only knew her stuff, but obviously felt a lot of compassion for people like Hettie Shriver who had no idea what the war might do their homes and their families. Well worth doing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great museum, Many, many artifacts. The museum/house tour was extremely informative. Tour guide was one of the best we ever had on a tour. She made us feel like we were living during the time of the war and experienced the family's hardships.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

What a wonderful experience it was touring the Shriver House & Museum!!! The lady that gave us the tour was excellent, very informative and friendly. At the end of the tour she and the owner took the time to talk with us and answer more of our questions. I would highly recommend a stop at the Shriver House & Museum.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I have made many visits to Gettysburg but never toured the Shriver House until now. To say it was great is an understatement. Beautifully decorated for Christmas, hearing how the battle impacted one family was enlightening. This is a must for anyone visiting Gettysburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

While exploring the town looking for something to do and sights to see, my girlfriend and I stumbled onto the Shriver House and thankfully we stopped in!!! We hadn't yet visited anything in town other than a ghost hunt, the night before and were looking for a good place to start. We were greeted as soon as we walked in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I took my 10 & 9 year old granddaughters to visit this house so they could see what it was like to be a youngster in 1863 and I learned a lot too! The docent, in period costume, was great. I highly recommend putting the Shriver House on your Gettysburg to-do list.

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