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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800
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You may 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 (27) chose to take her children back to her family's farm three miles south of town, by Big Round Top; where she thought they would be out of harm's way. 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 Shrivers' home appears much the same way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War began. Guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences as you walk through their home - from the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic, through their finely-appointed home, 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 to its original 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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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I visited on Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 155 years after the event that was being reenacted (the only reenactment to take place on the original battleground that was in the very center of Gettysburg!). Historians working in the house were wonderful....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the Shriver House a few times and at different times of the year. It always very enjoyable and a learning experience for us. They always seem to get the tour fresh and do a great job telling the story of the family...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was great to see the reenactment! Very educational. First hand look at what the Confederate soldiers did while they were at the Shriver house.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family went to this place the day before and they were raving about how great it was due to the tour guide. I believe she was an actress. We had purchased the gettysburg pass where you can choose 3 locations, so we headed here...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the tour of the Shriver house and it was great, a definite must do! My 12 year old son and I were very interested in the story that took place here. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the story feel as...More

1  Thank Carmen P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very interesting to get the civilian perspective of the battle. Our docent (Gail?) was a wonderful storyteller. She transported us back to the days leading up to the battle. Even my teenage son was hanging on her every word. The home itself is...More

Thank amy m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour is one if the best we had on our trip. It was so wonderful seeing all the battlefield museums but hearing and seeing the battle from the civilian aspect was amazing. You also get see where the Confederate snipers would take over the...More

Thank Suzy S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I take friends to Gettysburg I always recommend the Shriver house tour. Most people know how the battle effected the soldiers, but what about the civilians that lived in town. This tour tells you about one family and their experiences. This restored house is...More

Thank Bill V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was amazing. You got to see what the war was like to the civilians instead of always from the military perspective. The staff was super friendly, very informative, and helpful. It’s not too short or too long, so it will hold the interest...More

Thank Samantha W
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Chris was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. The tour was of the 3 story house. It was great to see the perspective of the actual townsfolk and what they endured through the battle. The house is very well maintained and they have...More

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There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.
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