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Shriver House Museum
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #8 of 112 things to do in Gettysburg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 11 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 time period and life during the war. They enjoyed the walk and seeing how the family lived. The tour guide did a nice job of explaining how the family lived and her story tied well into the history of the area.

I would highly recommend this for people with kids and learning about life during the war.

1  Thank Becca R
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Reviewed 10 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.

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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
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Reviewed 8 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 just how severely the 3-day battle affected civilians, and to understand how quickly lives can radically change.

Thank Tee610
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Reviewed 29 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.

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