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The Shriver House Museum, Gettysburg, PA

     After leaving the Jennie Wade House and Museum, we had a little time left Thursday morning before going to lunch, so we stopped by the Shriver House Museum at 307-309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA (717/337-2800; www.shriverhouse.org ), which had been on our afternoon itinerary.  George W. and Hettie Shriver built this home in 1860, intending to open a tavern in the basement.  However, the Civil War intervened and George enlisted in the Union army and spent most of his time in Virginia.  During the battle of Gettysburg, Hettie and their two daughters left the house for her parent’s farm outside of town, and the Confederates took the house on July 2 to use for sharp shooters.  After the battle was over, Hettie and the girls returned to their home on July 7, but George died in a Confederate prison camp before the war was over.  The tavern never opened, and Hettie eventually sold the house.  Restoration began in 1996.  It has now been restored to its original 1860s appearance, and tours are given which explain the Battle of Gettysburg and the part that the Shrive House played in it.  There is a museum shop located in the building adjacent to the home.   It was one of the most interesting places we saw in Gettysburg.

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