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“The Way It Was 1863” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #6 of 102 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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Chillicothe, Ohio
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The Way It Was 1863”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

The Shriver House is a must see in Gettysburg. The holes punched in the attic wall to allow the Confederate Soldiers to shoot at the enemy are still there today and you can feel a presence of the soldiers.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Robin009
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Salisbury, Maryland
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133 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A little too pricey, but interesting...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

This house tour costs $9.00 a person and runs about every half hour. It was interesting to hear about the Shriver's family experience during the war. The best parts of the tour is the attic (where an interesting story occurs during the Civil War) and the basement with the summer kitchen and the saloon. The rest of the house is just your typical tour of a historical home. I would say the $9.00 price per person is a litte steep, but nevertheless it is interesting. If you are interested in civilians during the civil war and like to see unusual homes, then this is a cool place to check out..

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Cathy R
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Alexandria, Virginia
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101 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Interesting House Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We took a tour of the Shriver House Museum. Jerry was our tour guide and he told us about the civilian side of the battle of Gettysburg, and what the citizens of the city had to endure during the battle. From the attic where you see the location where the rebel sharp shooters sat, to the basement saloon, Jerry’s stories and anecdotes were fascinating and informative. Well worth the money!

Visited April 2014
2 Thank B R
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Clinton, New Jersey
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182 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Example of one families experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a home and the experience of one family that lived in town at the time. It was about $8.00 for a tour that takes about 1/2 hour and takes you through the tour of the house and their story. Though interesting, there are many museums in town and this is just one of them. Not on the top of our list for must do's. It does give you a more human story of the town life and how if effected families of the day.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank bph19
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Hamburg, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First Rate Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

On our trip to Gettysburg we had the opportunity to take an excellent tour of The Shriver House. Our tour guide, Nancy, gave the most fascinating account of the civilian perspective of those 3 terrible days in July of 1863 and beyond. This tour also made me more aware of the plight of women in the past. I would highly recommend is tour to all. It's definitely a must see!

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Fran B
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