The Schriver House is a Civil War museum that is dedicated to the civilian experience at Gettysburg. The home of George and Hettie Schriver has been painstakingly restored and furnished to its original 1860's appearance and is used as a backdrop to tell the Schriver family story. The museum focuses on understanding the aftermath of the battle and its effects on the citizens of this small town.
In 1860, the house was built with "Schriver's Saloon" in the lower level and a "ten pin alley" was behind the house. The saloon and alley were never opened due to the war. In September 1861, George left to join the Union army. He came home for four days at Christmas time in 1863. Then on January 1, 1864, he was captured and died in Anderson prison.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, Hettie and their two girls, Hettie and Molly ages 5 and 7, left and went to her parents farm. When they returned, they found that the house had been used by Confederate Sharpshooters. According to accounts of their neighbor (he had stayed in his home) of the events, there were two of the sharpshooters killed in the attic. During the restoration of the house, bullets and medical supplies were found under the floorboards.
During your tour of the house, you will hear the story of the Schriver family, before, after, and during the war. You will receive a very good glimpse into everyday life and customs of the 1860's. After touring the battlefields and learning about the soldiers hardships, this is a "must-see" to learn about the townspeople and the hardships the battle caused here.
Here there was a little bowling set in the children's room, not a real one but a toy. They were made out of wood. There was a box used to store food in which was called, even in the 19th century, a refrigerator. The most interesting thing that I liked was called a spider. It was used to pit cherries, but it looks like a cherry shooter instead!
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