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“Great Holiday experience”

Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #7 of 107 things to do in Gettysburg
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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 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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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great Holiday experience”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Whether you are visiting family or friends in south Central Pa. this Holiday season....This candle-lit, authentic Civil War home is a beautiful addition to your trip. Just when all the other attractions are winding down The Shriver HOuse staff decorate for the Holidays and invite you to join them on Thanksgiving eve and during the day on Thanksgiving.
Tired of watching someone else watch football for 8 hours that day?Give the Shriver house a call. I believe reservations are required but give them a call to check.

Visited October 2012
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Hettie S, Manager at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you so much for the glowing review of our Candlelight Christmas tour. I do hope you will stop in to say hello the next time you are in town. It's always nice to catch up with returning guests.
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Bountiful, Utah
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“A view from the townsfolk”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

This private museum gives you a look inside the experience of the town that was caught up in the bloodiest battle of the civil war. It was astounding to discover all they experienced and how much they sacrificed to help...BOTH SIDES.

Visited October 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Must do”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We did this tour not expecting much but we absolutely loved it! The tour guide was excellent and really engaged everyone with the stories of the way it was in civilian life during the battle of Gettysburg. I would not miss this tour. Lasted about 30-40 minutes. Kids said it was one of their favorites. Not very expensive too.

Visited November 2012
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good perspective on how battle affected townspeople”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We enjoyed this tour and liked that you got to see pretty much the whole house attic to cellar. The gift shop was very nice and I wish we had purchased the diary of the neighbor who went with the family hoping to escape the battle.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank MarilynAthens_AL
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Hudson, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“The Civilian View”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a delightful tour of the Shriver House with a knowledgeable docent who gave us an excellent overview of what it was really like for the civilians caught in the middle of the three-day battle. We came away with a new appreciation for what the people of Gettysburgh went through...Incredible!

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Nancy N
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