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Shriver House Museum

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

A glimpse into the lives of one family how they lived before, during and after those 3 days in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
York, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg trip

To start off, I'd like to say that our tour guide was the best tour guide we've ever had. We've... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denise R
Williamstown, New Jersey
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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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309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
+1 717-337-2800

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A glimpse into the lives of one family how they lived before, during and after those 3 days in July. Beautifully restored home. Very knowledgeable guide. A must see to understand the human side of the people of Gettysburg.

Thank mhoke39
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To start off, I'd like to say that our tour guide was the best tour guide we've ever had. We've been to many places and had many tour guides, but Bonnie was the best. She just made you feel welcome. She was knowledgeable, great with...More

Thank Denise R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guide was able to maintain attention of three generations. We got an excellent feel of what daily life was like during Civil War and what life was like during those three days and after. It was very interesting and didn't take a ton of time.

Thank martha5447
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was pleasantly surprised by this museum! It is the story of one Gettysburg family caught in the middle of the battle. Our guide was dressed in period clothing and described how the family tried to stay alive as the Confederate soldiers entered the town. A...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Listen if you go to Gettysburg you have to take this little 20 minutes tour and listen to the story of the Shrivers. The lady taking you on the tour and telling the story is amazing. Trust me, a must and its on the cheap...More

1  Thank gdiddy1081
Reviewed 11 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
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...More

Thank Liz H
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 882melissa
Reviewed 25 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

Thank victoriae342
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...More

Thank m090497
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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.