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JUL 1

Confederates Take The Shriver House

This living history presentation provides visitors an opportunity to speak with Confederate soldiers as they prepare for battle.  Watch the sharpshooters as they occupy the attic, fire muskets at their enemy on Cemetery Hill and, in some cases, take their last breath before meeting their maker. 

Visitors can also see where Civil War medical supplies and live cartridges were discovered during the restoration of the Shrivers’ home 133 years after the fighting ended.  After visiting the make-shift hospital set up in the summer kitchen at the conclusion of the tour, visitors can share a root beer with the soldiers in Shriver’s Saloon and meet some of Gettysburg’s “local” citizens who also have harrowing stories to share. 

The Battle of Gettysburg encompassed not only the surrounding countryside but the streets of this historic town as well.  This is the only reenactment to take place in the streets of Gettysburg. Learn first-hand what occurred during those three days of horror that terrified the citizens of Gettysburg and how the Shrivers’ home was used during and after the fighting.

  • Hettie Shriver took her two girls, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5), and 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!
  • Sharpshooters commandeered Hettie’s abandoned house to fire muskets from the Shrivers' attic window.
  • Beautifully furnished rooms of the house left in ruins by the invading forces.
  • Surgeons struggle to save lives in a make-shift hospital in the summer kitchen.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • 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. 

Reservations are currently being accepted by calling 717-337-2800. Ask for Nancie or Kim. 

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