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  The Shriver House, Gettysburg
by VeronicaG

The Shrivers envisioned a successful saloon business and tin pan alley in the 1860's, but in 1861 duty called and George joined the army. While he was gone, Hettie ran the saloon. She and her two daughters, Sadie and Mollie, thought they were safely installed in the home when rumors flew that soldiers were headed their way.

Thinking that they should flee for their lives, Hettie and the children went to her parents farm outside of Gettysburg. Unfortunately, that house was located directly between Little Round Top and Big Round Top, where some of the worst fighting occurred.

While they were gone, Confederates moved into the attic of their house in an attempt to have a clear shot at Union lines on cemetery hill. During this battle, two soldiers were killed in the attic.

George Shriver was captured and taken prisoner in 1864 in Virginia. A 30 minute tour of the house is offered to those who want to know more about the family and their home.

Hours of operation are April-November Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm. December, February, March Sat.-Sun. 12 noon-5 pm; Closed January. Cost of admission is $6.95 for adults; $6.50 for seniors; $4.50 for children 12 and under. (Group rates are available and reservations can be made to tour in January if notified ahead.)

Address: 309 Baltimore Street
Phone: 717-337-2800
Website: http://www.shriverhouse.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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