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Shriver House Museum

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Address: 309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
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+1 717-337-2800
10:00 - 17:00
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You know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to...

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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Excellent History Tour

While in Gettysbury you must take the Shriver House Museum Tour. The tour takes you through the original Shriver House. It is so awesome to see and hear about this family.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Teri M
Petoskey, Michigan

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Petoskey, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While in Gettysbury you must take the Shriver House Museum Tour. The tour takes you through the original Shriver House. It is so awesome to see and hear about this family.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a first-rate, tragic tale of what happened to the family who lived in what would have been a luxurious home in its day. Docents guide visitors through the home, furnished as if it were the summer of 1863; show what the attic looked like when it was abandoned by Confederate sharpshooters (two of whom were killed there); and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is interesting, but they make a tour out of about 10 minutes of interesting facts and make it last an hour. Worth seeing if you don't have anything else to do. It is interesting to hear what life was like for civilians during the war.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience while visiting the Shriver House Museum. Since you stayed to chat for a while at the end of your tour, I wish you had expressed your disappointment at the time. It is important for us to know about a visitor's experience so we can learn how we can... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour! We paid about $8 per person, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered questions fully. She even made sure to offer a chair to my very pregnant wife on each floor. This isn't a typical Civil War story as it focuses more upon how it affected family life, not that of a soldier per se. We got... More 

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

Recognizing the Shrivers were just like any one of us is such an important part of our story. Our focus is to tell the story of an ordinary family who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Thank your for your review and best of luck to you and your wife. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful short tour of the home of a middle class Union soldier and his family living in Gettysburg when the famous battle came to them.

Thank wilron
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was so glad we stumbled upon this place! The ladies were so friendly and dressed of the era. The tour was awesome with a great guide... I would defiitly advertise a little more but amazing... Will be coming back

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travelled from Australia to visit the US and Gettysburg was high on my list of places to visit. I took a one day tour with one of the main companies on a package deal and initially I thought that visiting the Shriver house would be the low point of the day. I was so wrong. The two ladies who... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great tour guide made this tour one of my favorites as we learned about the civilian side of the Gettysburg battle. Personal stories about the family and how they were affected by the way. Reasonable price and the people here obviously love what they do.

Thank Linda W
Crestview, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not really want to go at first, but my wife did, so we went. Was glad we did, very well done, and informative. The young lady that narrated the tour did an excellent job allowing you to look at the civil war from the eyes of a family that lived thru it. Would recommend you take the tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

totally worth a visit! the guide put her all into the tour and we, plus our 14 year old, thought it was really interesting and well done. it's important to learn some of the stories of the people in the town during the three days of the war--as opposed to simply the battlefield stories--and they do an excellent job here.

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