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“Amazing house!”

Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #7 of 103 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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“Amazing house!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is someone's home, not just a museum, they lived prayed and coped with the battle and the aftermath of the battle, they had to cope with so much, I believe this house is a living, breathing testimonial of history from the common townspeople for which it correctly represents.

Visited May 2014
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New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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“Staff and Museum is wonderful”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The staff are so friendly and informative . Worth the price. See you soon. Gift shop is very nice . beautiful house

Visited April 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews
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“Excellent view into the civilian life at the time of the war”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This house and tour provided a great way to get to know one of the families that lived in Gettysburg at the time of the war. You learned about the history of their family, what happened to them during and following the war, and got to see what furnishings were like at the time.

Visited May 2014
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Dayton, OH
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“The whole town was the battlefield”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

With the arguable exception of the ghost tours, there is no better venue for the civilian experience during the battle as the Shriver House Museum. It's interesting to see how the family tried to make do while the man of the house was off fighting. Light period refreshments are available at times.

Visited November 2013
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Dover, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of history”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

The Shriver House itself is a bit small, and the tour is quick. You don't get the clearest vision of how the family lived.

BUT I still recommend this because the history of the family is quite interesting. Guides will take you into the attic, which was used as a perch for sharpshooters during the war, and you'll learn about Mrs. Shriver's harrowing experience, trying to keep the family safe while her husband was off fighting. So go for the storytelling rather than the architecture.

Also, our tour guide forgot to mention the tavern that had once been in the house also had a bowling lane. I learned that from the gardener when I went to look at the bullet holes in the brick wall.

Visited April 2014
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