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“A slice of life in town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum
309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
+1 717-337-2800
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Ranked #10 of 36 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 in front of her home, Hettie chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top where she knew they would be out of harm's way. Hettie could not know they jumped from the frying pan into the fire or that her unoccupied home would offer the Rebels an outstanding view of Union forces. It was quickly commandeered by Confederates to set up a sharpshooters' nest in the attic. To walk through the home of George and Hettie Shriver today is a step back in time. It 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 as you walk through their home - from the authentic Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic to 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. 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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Naperville, Illinois
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“A slice of life in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This house really brought home what the people who lived in Gettysburg went through during the battle. The guide really related the story of the family who lived in the house that was amazing. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for a handicapped person to handle this place. The fact that the wife survived and carried on is an amazing one. The attic with its snipers nest and the basement with the "field hospital" and tavern were the most interesting parts of the tour for us.

Visited September 2013
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Herndon, Virginia
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“Very informative.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is one of the Museum tours we took while in Gettysburg. This one was very interesting and informative. The guide was very good(kept our attention) and I learned quite a bit. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Gettysburg.

Visited September 2013
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“INTERESTING TOUR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We enjoyed the tour and gift shop. There is a tour of the attic with a snipers bullet still intact. This tour is with a guide that has a lot of information regarding the home. The admittance fee is low and worth every cent.

Visited September 2013
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st louis
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“terrific period set up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

If you want to see how it was to live in the period and experience some of the battle and how it affected the lives of those living in Gettysburg...this is a must....

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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This September we visited Gettysburg for the 3rd time. Each time we visited we attended the Shriver House with different family or friends, so each time we just have to share the experience with new people. This time (the 3rd) was no exception and added new information and our guide was the best we ever had. If you visit, this is one place you do not want to miss. If puts you in the lives of a family, and a little of what they would have experienced those 3 days during that trying time of our American history 150 years ago.

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