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The Shriver House Museum


309 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
United States

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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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