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Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #8 of 109 things to do in Gettysburg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 27 November 2013 via mobile

We visited this site on our 3 rd trip to Gettysburg. It was a nice tour. They were closing but since I called the owner said she would wait for us. She gave us a great tour. She made it interesting and so you could picture it happening. It is worth a stop while in Gettysburg.

Thank travelingmomofone
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

The schrivers lived in gettysburg at the time of the battle and the museum tells their story in a human way, that can be apperciated by even the most casual historian. The attic of the house is a must see, because this is where confederate snipers stayed, while picking off union soldiers. Two were killed up there and their blood stains can still be seen with a special chemical.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We had an excellent knowledgeable guide. This museum shows you what it was like to be a citizen of Gettysburg during the battle.

Thank DennisChris_11
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

when touring the downtown area, this is an interesting tour of a house and its family before during, and after the battle. great guide and story telling. caution for handicapped people. there are stairs to navigate.

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

A dramatic storyteller leads you through the house which is of interest as you learn of the disturbance of everyday life at the outbreak of the battle.

Thank roscoe141
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