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“The other side of the war” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum
309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-2800
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Ranked #7 of 34 attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Historic Sites, History 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. See all four floors of the house 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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Sparta, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The other side of the war”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The museum does a nice job of telling the story of a family and how the war affected them. Even my wife, who is not a history buff per se, found this interesting.

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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Nice tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was very interesting tour. It really showed what life was like at the time of the battle, and how the residents were forced to live while the battle raged right outside their front door.

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Stoystown, Pennsylvania
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“Must See!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a fantastic tour through the Shriver's house. Very interesting learning how they lived in the 1860s and one family's struggle to survive the Civil War.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Glimpse of 19th century civilian life...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Shriver House Museum offers a look into what life was like for the citizens of Gettysburg at the time of the battle. Our tour guide, Laura, was extremely knowledgeable about the Shriver family and her enthusiasm for the museum and its history was obvious. The admission price might seem a bit pricey ($17 or so for two adults), but it was well worth it.

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Moweaqua, Illinois
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“Towns people point of view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It was very interesting to hear the sad but true story of how the war effected every person in the area and ultimately in the nation.

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