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Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800
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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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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful home tour and glimpse into the life of the Shriver family, their dreams for their future in Gettysburg and the reality of how the battle impacted their lives. The tour guide did a great job of explaining the civilian experience of the battle. Absolutely...More

Thank ljp98
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great tour with Kim. She had a lot of information about the family who lived in the house and a colorful depiction of the life of a family caught up in the days of the battle.

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best places to visit in Gettysburg! Truly shows the human aspect of the war and how civilians dealt with the carnage. Would definitely recommend going on this tour!

Thank Ginger Z
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Ginger Z. It is amazing to look at the other side of the battle story. So glad you enjoyed the Shrivers' story.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Little different tour to see what life was like during the Civil War. Quaint house and tour that pertained more to civilians living during this time.

Thank Christian C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, this house was around during the battle and they give you the facts around the family and what occurred at the house during the battle, really interesting!

Thank Lirrhater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She helped us to clearly see the impact of the battle on the residents of the town.

Thank Lois6201
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great guide who really knew her stuff. The house was awesome and the way it is setup was unexpected. The attic of course was really impressive and it's hard to imagine doing what they did. The basement was also cool with the...More

Thank hill421
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very worthwhile tour. You see this house from the attic to the basement. The guide is very knowledgeable and made it a very interesting tour.

Thank deannahodgson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here during an 8th grade trip to Gettysburg, PA. Our tour guide was Nancy who did a great job telling the history of the Shriver family and their home. Nancy was in period clothes and walked the tour group throughout the home explaining what...More

1  Thank Rowlf77
Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the compliment. Telling school students the story of the Shriver family and how they were affected by the battle is one of the best parts of my job. Hope we see your school again next year.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank Teri M
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Is there air conditioning?
14 July 2016|
Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
There is except for the attic. It isn't very strong, so if it's an especially warm day, be prepared.