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“1860's life”

Shriver House Museum
Ranked #6 of 108 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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 31 August 2014

Was a very interesting place to see how they lived during the civil war. The period furniture is nice. It reminded us that they were shorter than we are today. Worth the visit.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

We never miss this location. Every time we come to Gettysburg we tour the Shriver house. The best is on July 1, 2, 3rd when they hold the reenactment. After reading the books, I tend to find myself feeling as though I personally lived int hat time. Wonderful tour guides.

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

I thought it was a bit pricey - but overall, the narrative, tour and presentation was really worth the price. Great stories - and you see the battle thru the eyes of the townspeople which is very illuminating!! My original hiccough at the price was diminished as the tour went on and was completely gone by the end! Very nice, knowledgeable staff in period attire - well worth it!

Thank Fred O
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Excellent tour that paints a picture of what it was like for a civilian family during the battle at Gettysburg. The tour guide was excellent and seemed genuinely excited to be giving accurate information. Great learning experience. The house was set up as if it was still 1863, wonderful tour.

Thank Nancy A
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The Shriver House demonstrates what the town-folk experienced during the war. How the houses were furnished, what the soldiers did to homes they occupied and how the women and children aided the casualties ..all told through a story about the Shriver family. Our 12 year old grand-daughter was enthralled with the Shriver history partially do to our docent's theatrics, which captivated all. I would do this tour again.

Thank BarbaraK0
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