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“Great find for more in depth history”

Shriver House Museum
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US$150.00*
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #8 of 108 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 4 (2 Kids 11 and 9) went here on recommendation of a local citizen. It was well worth the visit! It added a good richness to our tour of the Battlefield the previous day, making the human impact of war real. Our kids could relate and had good questions. Put this on your list for sure!

Thank Toni S
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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A visit to Gettysburg is not complete unless you hear both sides of the story - what happened to the soldier and what happened to the citizens caught up in the battle. Thank you for visiting; glad you all enjoyed the story.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was on our "to visit" list while in Gettysburg so signed up to do house tour 1st thing Saturday. Our tour guide "Miss Marcia" showed us into the house and took us right back to July 1863 as she described in great detail the true story of this "well to-do" Gettysburg Shriver family and their experiences during the battle of Gettysburg. This is the stuff you don't learn about in school--she explained the emotional trauma the family had to deal with plus the evidence of the physical damage to their home afterwards. And then the attic--you have got to see that area to believe it--real deal evidence of the battle!! We were so impressed with this house tour and took time to look at all the artifacts and photos from the house restoration on display in the museum section which brings the Shrivers' story into the present, there is real good selection of books and great gift items in the shop. We continued to talk about this house and Gettysburg family long after the trip. Thank you for the awesome tour and persons who had the drive to do the restoration of this family's house and those who continue to tell the amazing Shriver family story from the time of the battle of Gettysburg!

Thank LaRee H
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you LaRee for visiting The Shriver House Museum. We value feedback and input from our visitors to help guide our museum experience, a perfect way to tell our future guests what they'll expect inside the museum. 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 March 16, 2018

It is another hidden treasure in Gettysburg. It tell much history of the war and the town. Be advised that only metered parking is available, but it is worth your time. Oh, the people here are great and knowledgeable.

Thank JohnBCowgill
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Del G, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this review!! We are glad that you enjoyed the time you spent here. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed March 6, 2018

We had a wonderful tour of the Shriver House. Our guide was exceptional and really brought to life the experiences of the family who lived there in July, 1863. This is a part of the battle that most visitors don't seek out, but it is fascinating. Read Tillie Pierce's memoir. She was the Shriver's next door neighbor. The townspeople paid a huge price for having this disaster in their town. Very highly recommend the Shriver House.

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Nancie-Director, Owner at Shriver House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thank you so very much for your kind words regarding the Shriver House and the family's story.

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Love Gettysburg. Took a great friend there to track down his Great Grandfather who fought in the battle. What an experience.

Thank John B
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