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“Citizens in the middle of a battle”

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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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 12 June 2014

The Shriver House Museum is interesting as a home that represents a period in American life (typical furnishings, lifestyles, clothing, etc) and the ravages of the Battle of Gettysburg, and its extended aftermath, on the ordinary citizens of the town of Gettysburg. The museum docents did a good job describing the experience of the family that lived through the days of battle and the months afterward.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The Shriver House Museum is one of the real gems in Gettysburg, If you are interested in history, and want to learn more about the civilian experience in the battle this is a must see. Period. The staff is professional and friendly, Nancy, the owner was not there but Kim the manager was, and they entire staff makes the experience truly fun and informative. If you find yourself on Baltimore St - be sure to stop in. It is time & money well spent.

Thank Michael N
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Outstanding tour. We were in the house for about an hour which was the perfect amount of time for $7.00 per adult. The history and stories kept our family interested. Cute gift shop too.

Thank irelade
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

It was interesting to hear about the battle from the civilian's point of view. I never realized that fighting took place in the town as well as the countryside.

Thank labower
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This was a beautiful home that I have been trying to get to for about 5 years now (seems I always have run out of time). There were 2 others on the tour with us. The home itself is very impressive. My only disappointment was that I wish the tour had been even more informative than it was. What we were told was fascinating, but it left me longing for more information. Overall the tour was short in duration. Maybe it was just our guide or maybe I am being too picky, comparing it to other museums/historic homes.

The guide was very friendly, the shop very cute, but there are NO public restrooms on premise. We were sent to the public library up the hill. Not very convenient.

Overall, I am so glad I got to see this civilian side to the war in Gettysburg. Just wish there was a bit more info. regarding everyday life in Gettysburg during the 1860's.

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