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Shriver House Museum

Shriver House Museum

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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 …
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 and Sadie, 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; 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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Jan 16, 2023
It was a great tour! I guide was so kind enough to share her knowledge about everything she learned about the Civil war. This museum is awesome and will surely get you entertained and enjoy your vac… Full review by herbertc657
Jan 10, 2023
The Civil War was extremely difficult on the family unit. Families suffered great hardship when husbands left home to fight. The Shriver House will take you through the daily struggles, see and feel … Full review by K I
Nov 22, 2022
Very interesting to see the private side of the war. A bit pricey for 30 min, but this is a privately funded museum. Miss Deb R gave a great tour. She was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. And… Full review by AvgJoe3

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