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“A great story of the civilian struggle during the 3-day battle...”

Shriver House Museum
Ranked #7 of 109 things to do in Gettysburg
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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 April 30, 2013

Imagine what the residents of this tiny town of two or three thousand people must have experienced when 170,000 opposing armed forces converged on Gettysburg. Great story of the Shriver family. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Though I have visited Gettysburg many many time over the years, I was unaware of this modest museum that focusses on how the war affected civilian life. The tour of a home located in the middle of the conflict adds much to an understanding of an important backstory to the war. The guided tour is well done.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a real trip back in time, to see how one family and the neighbor lived through the battle (Day One of the battle moved into the town) and the ramifications it had on the family. Very moving and thought-provoking, but no happy ending.

This is a guided tour (small groups due to the size of the house), so the quality of the tour can vary depending upon the knowledge and personality of the specific guide -- mine was good, but not great. All told it runs about one hour including the mandatory stop in the gift shop. The downside is that you can feel a bit rushed as there is another tour group right behind your group. They try to muffle the sound of the following group, by closing the doors to the rooms, but this only partly works.

You tour the full house, except for the original ten pin alley - bowling alley, which no longer exists. You will have to climb stairs to second floor and the attic, and then down to basement. It wasn't difficult, except for the basement stairs which were a little treacherous.

The story of the family (and their next door neighbors) was fascinating. And it was very interesting to tour the attic that the Confederate soldiers used to shoot Union soldiers and to visit the basement which was to be a tavern before the husband in the family joined the Union army.

Truly a trip back in time and worth a visit. But best if not too crowded, otherwise you can feel rushed.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This privately run little gem of a museum was a new stop for us this time around in Gettysburg. The Schriver family lived through the Battle of Gettysburg, so guides in period costumes take you back in time through the restored home to help you understand what life was like for the citizens of Gettysburg during those fateful days. The restoration of the home is authentic, and the historical anecdotes really give you another perspective on life in Gettysburg around the time of the Battle. This tour requires climbing several flights of old stairways, so that is a consideration to keep in mind. Two little girls lived in this home, so the tour is a great way to give children a perspective on childhood during the 1860's. My husband and I really enjoyed this little gem, and plan on taking our children there in the near future!

1  Thank tfisher83
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This house has a tremendous about of history. The confederate sharpshooters took uo a position there and the holes in the wall are still there to see. They had a detective come in a few years ago and sprayed a luminesent on the flooring in the attic, the photo they took after shows the blood from where they were killed and bled. The family in this house had a very rough few days

1  Thank Diana S
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