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“Shriver House Museum”

Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #7 of 108 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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Denton, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Shriver House Museum”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

This is a home built as a residence and a business in 1860. The home was upstairs while the tavern was down in the basement, with the ten-pen alley in the rear. The home was in the town on an extra large lot with plenty of room for a garden. The family with two little girls had a bright future But then The Civil War began. The husband and father went to war (Union) to do his duty. The wife was left to take care of everything. The house has steep stairs but no elevator. The tour guide was excellent and made this very reasonably priced tour well worth it! Look for the bullet holes on the outside of the house.

Visited June 2014
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Mountainside, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Citizens in the middle of a battle”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A "must see" in town”
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.

Visited June 2014
Thank Michael N
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Original house during Civil War”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Urbana, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“In their shoes”
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.

Visited May 2014
Thank labower
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