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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800
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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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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a costumed guide from the house, who showed us the many bullet holes peppering the brick exterior of the house. Confederate sharpshooters holed themselves up in the attic of the house during the battle of Gettysburg. We were able to view...More

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We had a fantastic tour guide. Very historical and fun! The friendly clerk at check in was also very helpful with recommendations for other places to see during our stay!

Thank 882melissa
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The tour guide was very good at explaining about the Shriver House Museum. We enjoyed it. Did not have time enough to visit all the other sites that are available

Thank victoriae342
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a very nice stop to put on your agenda. My girlfriend seemed to enjoy it so much that she bought the book in the gift store. It is a story told by our very knowledgeable guide, it is extremely interesting to see how...More

Thank m090497
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We were looking for someplace for our 7 & 9 year old to learn about the civil war in a way that would be interesting. This fit the bill. The tour of the house helped the kids understand how it was to live in the...More

1  Thank Becca R
Reviewed 9 August 2017

If you want to just stop in to see how they lived, this is the spot. Furnishings from that period are here and educational talks here. Learn a lot and see how they lived back then.

Thank annasimpkins
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This is a must do while in Gettysburg, it was very insightful, and the ladies that work there simply delightful.

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 7 August 2017

The house itself is OK, but our guide was a fantastic storyteller. She didn't embellish (to my knowledge), but definitely kept everyone in the group interested with her explanation of family life before, during, and after the war. This is really worth visiting to understand...More

Thank Tee610
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

This tour was great. We were battlefield toured out and this tour will give you a picture of how civilians experienced the battle at Gettysburg.

1  Thank mimsmeier
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Having always been fascinated by the Civil War and in particular Gettysburg I realised my dream of visiting the town on my honeymoon recently. As incredible as the battlefield and visitor centre was this really took me by surprise. I had never really given much...More

1  Thank Stevesie85
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14 July 2016|
Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.