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“Well worth it. Glad it was my first stop.”

Shriver House Museum
Ranked #6 of 108 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 20, 2011

This was my first stop in Gettysburg after having read the reviews on this site. I'm so glad I chose this as my first stop because the house is really nice because of the care people put into it to restore it (loved the wide pine plank floors - close to 100% original flooring), taking care to furnish it with period pieces from the 19th century, and the tour was excellent. I couldn't have wished for a better docent than the nice lady who showed me the house and answered my questions. Her depiction of how life must have been for the members of the Schriver family was very interesting. It was a treat to talk with another person who was working in the gift area after the tour when the area was cleared out of people. I had so little time to do tourist stuff and I'm so glad I didn't waste my time on something stupid. I should do this tour again, next time with my partner or a family member.

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Reviewed October 20, 2011

I love seeing the period houses and the stories behind them. This was excellent and the museum guide was very friendly and informative. The staff was very warm and welcoming. A must do if you visit Gettysburg.

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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I find it very difficult to believe that any employee of Shriver House was "rude". Calling someone an "old lady" is inappropriate. In addition I also find it impossible to believe you were "ordered out onto a busy street". There is a sidewalk in front of the home. Shriver House is one of the top destinations to visit in Gettysburg and has won multiple awards. If you feel you were treated unfairly or discriminated against I am sure that the Museum Director would want to know as Shriver House employs some of the most knowledgable and friendly Docents around.

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Reviewed September 21, 2011

The lady who gives the tour makes it all worth while.

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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Excellent for anyone desiring a "true feel" for what life was like for civilians during the battle of Gettysburg!!

Thank BizTrvlrPa
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