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The Shriver House Museum

309 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Shriver House Museum is situated in the heart of Gettysburg's historic district. The home of George and Hettie Shriver and their daughters, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5), appears much the way it did when it was built in 1860, just a few months before the Civil War broke out. Today, guides in period dress recount the harrowing story of the Shriver family's experiences during the battle and the lasting effects it had on their lives. To enter the Shriver House Museum is to take a step back in time. View rooms authentically furnished to the mid-1800s to understand what life was like at that time in south-central Pennsylvania. A tour of the Museum includes every room in the Shrivers' home plus the Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic - where written accounts (and modern forensic evidence) confirm at least two soldiers were killed - and a visit to Shriver's Saloon in the cellar. At the conclusion of the tour, see numerous artifacts discovered during the restoration of the Shrivers' home in 1996 including live civil war ammunition, civil war period medical supplies and much, much more. The Shriver House Museum has earned numerous awards including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Historic Preservation Award. In addition to being selected as a Pennsylvania Civil War Trails site and is included in the Civil War Discovery Trail as well as the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The museum has been used as a filming site by PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, A&E, HGTV, BBC, CNN, and The History Channel. Tours conducted by docent in period attire; Authentic bullet holes; Authentic sharpshooters nest in the attic where at least two soldiers were killed; CSI Detectives using a Luminal-like blood reagent detected blood stains in the attic; See live civil war bullets and medical supplies found under the attic floorboards during the restoration; Used as a hospital after the Battle of Gettysburg; Period garden; Museum shop

 

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Directions

Take Route 15 N to Route 97 N (Baltimore Street exit). Turn left onto Baltimore Street for about 2 miles. The Shriver House Museum is on the left, before Breckenridge Street.

Visitor Services

Museum, museum shop, rest rooms, tours.

Regular Events

Grave to be marked on Nov. 20 in honor of Sadie Shriver; Annual Confederates take the Shriver House reenactment:Watch a live play on the sidewalk depicting the reaction of the citizens of town when the Battle of Gettysburg began. Hettie Shriver and her neighbors are frantic - should they stay or leave town. Hettie's decision to seek safety elsewhere left her home abandoned and ripe for occupation by the invading Confederates. Learn why Hettie Shriver took her two girls, seven-year-old Sadie and five-year-old Mollie, and her 15-year-old neighbor, Tillie Pierce, to seek safety outside town only to find themselves deep within the battle lines - at the base of Little Round Top! Speak with Confederate soldiers as they prepare for battle while witnessing sharpshooters fire their muskets from the Shrivers' attic window. When the battle ended the Shrivers' home was used as a hospital for some of the thousands of wounded soldiers left behind after the conflict. Come watch as surgeons struggle to save lives in a make-shift hospital in the summer kitchen. At the conclusion of the tour cool off with a root beer in Shriver's Saloon while younger visitors have a nurse bandage their wounds (leaving a small spurt of blood seeping through the bandage) or make whirligigs to take along as a memento of your visit. The Battle of Gettysburg encompassed not only the surrounding countryside by the streets of this historic town as well. Come witness the only reenactment to take place in the streets of Gettysburg - in the very house where it actually happened on July 1, 2 & 3 1863. An event is also planned on Celebrating George Shriver's Birthday

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Admission Fee

Adults $7.97, children $5.95, seniors $7.75; group (10 or more) rates available.

Hours

(January and February): Closed; (March) Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; (April - October) Daily: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; (November) Daily: 12:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Remembrance Day Weekend December) Saturdays 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.; Candlelight Christmas Tours on Saturday evenings; reservations required. * Tours for groups of ten or more, with advance reservations, are welcome at any time (day or evening) -out the entire year.

Phone

717-337-2800

Website

http://www.shriverhouse.org »

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