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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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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 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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We loved the story and the house! It was a great way to learn history. I loved the chance to hear how civilians dealt with the civil war. You even get to walk into the attic and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Cortland, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The house was very well-maintained and the accompanying stories brought the house to life. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved the story and the house! It was a great way to learn history. I loved the chance to hear how civilians dealt with the civil war. You even get to walk into the attic and the basement.

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Masontown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shriver House brings to life the story of the Shriver family, they were a well to do family in Gettysburg at the start of the battle. The lady who guided our tour was a wonderful storyteller who brought the history to life. This was one of my favorite attractions that we visited while there. So much history wrapped up... More 

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McKnightstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My 6 year old daughter had many questions which the friendly staff answered to the best of their abilities. (Some 6yo questions are a little out there.) This is a wonderful place to learn about the civilian experience at Gettysburg and I highly recommend a visit for those with young children who might be able to identify with 19th century... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour guide was a charmingly sweet woman who brought the story of the shriver family back to life. Walking through the family's home, and hearing how they had to allow soldiers to take it over, really made us think. We all loved this half hour tour and highly recommend it!

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One night the Shriver house which you can tour anytime to learn from GREAT storytellers the story of the Shriver family who lived right in Gettysburg during the Civil War There is beautiful garden in the rear , you can actually see the bullet holes in the building walls. However if you have the opportunity to go to this special... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here before but this time we did a special event, Confederates take the house. It was well done and enjoyable.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Martha of the Shriver House gave us an amazing tour. She's perky, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The house is gorgeous and every little detail was paid attention to in it's restoration. Make sure you visit the gift shop after your tour - so much to take home with you!

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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shriver House Museum is a wonderful depiction of civilian life during and after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The rooms are set up as they were (or would have been) before, during and after the Battle. The docents provide a wonderful, little-talked-about history lesson. An absolute must-see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just got back from a short excursion to Gettysburg and took two tours. This tour showed me how much the other tour lacked in experience. The ladies were very warm and friendly and were super pleasant to my two young children. It can be very stressful taking two small children out but they kept them engaged and spoke as... More 

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