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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 10 September 2017

Loved hearing the experience of the Shriver family. One of my favorite museums in Gettysburg. The Tour guides are very helpful with giving me other locations to visit in Gettysburg.

Thank debannpink
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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 the entire interior of the house, which has many lovely artefacts and learn about the life of the family who lived there. Well worth a visit to find out how the war affected the townspeople.

Thank Liz H
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Reviewed 30 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 Melissa M
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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

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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 a mother and two daughters lived in this war torn town.....how would you do?
We did so many things in the town of Gettysburg, it is amazing to think of how life could be so different today based on a three day war. We got a B&B just outside of town (The Inn @ White Oak - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and enjoyed Gettysburg for 3 days, do yourself a favor and take sometime to enjoy the entire experience of this wonderful town.

Thank m090497
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