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“The tour was wonderful”

Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #7 of 108 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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Fort Worth TX
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“The tour was wonderful”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

The Shriver House offered a tour with the guide dressed in Civil War era clothing. The tour was well worth the time and the money as the information about the family living there during the war was revealing for all residents of Gettysburg at that time. The items in the museum area were interesting as well.

Visited May 2012
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fisher pa
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24 reviews
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“Beautiful House”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Lovely place to go to and learn history about the Shriver family and struggle during the battle. The area that you actually get your tickets at is beautiful, but when I was there, there was a tour group standing around talking. It was quite crowded and not enough room to move around. However, I would go back.

Visited October 2012
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Lock Haven
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Worth your time”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

A suspected ghost house, eerie at time, a great tour in small groups. A little pricey but worth it. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly.

Visited June 2012
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Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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“Great Tour”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

We went on the Christmas tour last evening (Dec 15th 2012) and it was wonderful. I really felt like I got to know the family that lived there during the Civil War. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and brought information about being there during the battle that I never even thought about. I would recommended this to anyone going to Gettysburg.

Visited December 2012
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“Christmas tour”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We visited the house for their christmas tour. We made reservations ahead of time and received parking info. The parking lot is 3 blocks away and a 3 minute walk. We arrived 15 minutes earlier and took a look at the artifacts. The tour was good, I like how they decorated the house as if the family were still there. Great information and the guide was knowledgeable. The tour lasted 40 minutes. There was hot cider and cookies at the end.

Visited December 2012
Thank teresa3000
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Hettie S, Manager at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed the Candlelight Christmas Tour of the Shriver House Museum. Please be advised there is ample of parking directly in front of the Museum. The reason we advised you to go to the parking lot was because parking was temporarily restricted due to the annual Christmas parade which passes directly in front of the Museum.
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