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“Great tour”

Shriver House Museum
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US$150.00*
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #9 of 113 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mr. Chris was extremely knowledgeable and a fun guide. I enjoyed the tour because it was a civilian house.

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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave the review! We are so happy that not only did you find us to be a five star establishment, but that you also found everyone inside to be deserving five stars! Thanks for coming in.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Shriver house tour was great. The tour was amazing, who would have thought that the civilians would have suffered that much. They are a must go to when looking at finding things to do when you are there.

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Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

This was such a fun and educating experience. Our guide was wonderful. He really played the part and knew a lot of history about the house as well as the Shriver’s. The artifact case of items from the time period belonging to those in the house or in Gettysburg is fascinating as well. My fiancé and I did this tour with his parents and I would say all of us are equally interested in history but not history buffs by any means, but this was really enjoyable for all!

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

Thank you for your recent visit to The Shriver House Museum. We value feedback from our visitors to help guide our museum experience. We are so glad you had an enjoyable experience! Our staff is very knowledgeable and loves sharing their passion with our guests. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 September 2018

I absolutely loved this tour. The tour guide was very informative in explaining the impact the civilians and the Shrivers endured before and after the war. He explained how the soldiers took over the house and used the basement for medical purposes and the attic for the sharp shooters. He really put into perspective the impact the war had after the 3 day fighting. I never thought of the aftermath it left behind with the stench of death and no running water to clean up for months. It was a sad outcome for this family with the husband dying in the war and the two daughters dying in their twenties of the diseases from the nonsterile environment they had to live in. The pub never opened because back in those times, women were not allowed to own or run a business. Take the time to visit.

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

This is really a fantastic review, it hits all the points of the museum that we like to highlight to our potential guests, so thank you so much for writing it! Mr. Chris is very knowledgeable and loves sharing his passion with our guests. Thank you so much for visiting the Shriver House.

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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

The Shriver house is very interesting. The docent told us about the Shriver family and the town during the battle and afterward. The battle was 3 days but the impact on the town and everyone that lived in Gettysburg lasted much longer. Knowing the details of what this family and the whole endured helps put things into perspective and balance the tendency people have to romanticize the war.

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

Thank you so much for your 5 star review. For over 22 years, our mission at the Shriver House is to offer a different perspective to the Battle of Gettysburg - "The Civilian Experience" and it's aftermath.

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