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“Civil War from the Civilian Perspective”

Shriver House Museum
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US$150.00*
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #8 of 82 things to do in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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 1 September 2018

Very interesting and informative tour. Our tour guide was dressed in period clothing. The tour tells the sad tale of the Shriver Family left behind to fend for themselves in Gettysburg. I loved it. I am much more interested in the human experience than the machinations of the actual battle (although I know many people who are interested in both).

I think it added to the experience that we visited in early August. It was extremely hot and humid. The battle took place in July and one got a sense of just how hot and uncomfortable it really was for everyone involved. The upper part of the house is not air conditioned and I was amazed at the heavy attire even the men wore back in the day (as was evidenced by our tour guide dressed in period clothing who did not give any indication that the extreme heat was a bother). I was dying and I was in a tiny tank top and shorts! Ha.

There are also displays of civilian items from the Civil War and a little gift shop that sells a variety of unique items.

Well worth it and I would do it again.

Thank oceanjuli
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thank you so much for this great review. Our mission has always been to present a completely different perspective of the Battle of Gettysburg. "The Civilian Experience" and it's aftermath. We are happy that you enjoyed your time in the museum and that you learned a thing or two along the way. We are glad you chose to visit the Shriver House. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This short tour (approximately half hour) was led by a guide in period clothing, which added to the experience in my opinion. Start by walking through the narrow alley adjacent to the house to the garden, and view the bulletholes in the building along the way. The tour includes downstairs, upstairs bedrooms, the cellar, and the (not air conditioned) attic, where confederate sharpshooters fired out through holes in the brick. An exhibit displays artifacts from the restoration of the house, and a nice gift shop is on the premises. Well worth a visit!

Thank SuzyQu15
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Thank you so much for this great review. We are very happy to hear that we are a "Must See" in Gettysburg.

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Mister Chris is an awesome tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about the Shriver Family and certainly about the Civil War. I enjoyed the tour because I learned more about the Shriver family.

Thank Rockie001
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Great review! Thank you. We agree that Mr. Chris is awesome and truly represents the Shriver House standards. Thank you for visiting and hope to see you again. Also, Mr. Chris has a short video on our Facebook page.

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

This is a house that was vacant and then restored back to the way it was during the battle. We found the exhibits in the area next door as interesting as the house. The guide did a good job explaining the history of what happened to the house and the family that lived there while the fighting raged outside during our 30 min tour. Our only complaint was that when one of our group asked a question the guide stated " We will get to that later" but never addressed the questions.

Thank Mark951
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped here while visiting the battlefield for a little break. It was a nice explanation of what the civilians went through during the battle. Wonderful insight and amazing house. Spend some time viewing the displays on the ground floor before the tour starts. Enjoyed every room, but would have enjoyed spending a little more time in the Attic where the snipers Nest was. It was very hot that day and the attic is not air-conditioned, but I still felt rushed and wanted a little more time to absorb the atmosphere. Still, all in all, I highly recommended stop on your tour to Gettysburg.

Thank Diana R
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