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Shriver House Museum

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Address: 309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2602
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+1 717-337-2800
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
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You know what happened on battlefield...but do you know what happened to...

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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Great tour, excellent look at a family's house during the civil war

I did not really want to go at first, but my wife did, so we went. Was glad we did, very well done, and informative. The young lady that narrated the tour did an excellent job... read more

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Crestview, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did not really want to go at first, but my wife did, so we went. Was glad we did, very well done, and informative. The young lady that narrated the tour did an excellent job allowing you to look at the civil war from the eyes of a family that lived thru it. Would recommend you take the tour.

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totally worth a visit! the guide put her all into the tour and we, plus our 14 year old, thought it was really interesting and well done. it's important to learn some of the stories of the people in the town during the three days of the war--as opposed to simply the battlefield stories--and they do an excellent job here.

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Kearney, Nebraska
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Life and times of a civil war family and their upfront and personal sacrifices mad real with the house and great tour guides Well worth time and any contributions

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm from Scotland and loved this tour so much. Nancy was a superb guide, very clear and passionate about the subject. Great true story telling and the location really brought it to life. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nancy was an awesome tour guide. She shared a wealth of information that gave us a different perspective of what really happened. Thanks, Nancy! JC, Tamela and Dan.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, T. It was so nice to meet you and your family. So glad you enjoyed Gettysburg and the Shrivers' story. Safe travels back to Florida. More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I took a tour of the Shriver house in April. The tour was well done. Overall, worthy experience and recommended.Note, tours are every 30 to 45 minutes, so you might have to wait for the next tour.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for touring the Shrivers' home and listening to their amazing story. In addition to walking through the house, however, there are many things to do while waiting for a tour - period garden, bullet holes in the side of the house, display of artifacts found during the restoration (including live Civil War ammunition), restoration photographs, and you can... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Gettysburg many times but never took this tour! Miss Abby did a great job of presenting in the 45 minute tour. This tour would be great for any age person! Very interesting!

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the Shrivers' story. Thank you for coming by and we hope to see you again. More 

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this house was very interesting and gave a good idea of what the civilians went through during the Civil War. The guided tour through the house was well done.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house was a good insight as to how the local people lived through the battle. The tour guide was very informative.

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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gives a great perspective of what it was like for the everyday citizen of Gettysburg to go through the 3-4 days of hell.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this review

The soldiers suffered greatly, but so did the civilians of Gettysburg. Thank you for touring the Shriver House to learn the other side of the story of the battle. More 

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