Candlelight Christmas Tour

Shriver House at Christmas

Five Christmases at the Shriver House

Thanksgiving Weekend - November 25-27
Thanksgiving evening, November 25; candlelight tours at 4, 6, & 8 pm
Friday, November 26th: Open Noon - 7: candlelight tours at 4 & 6 pm
Saturday, November 27th: Open Noon - 9: candlelight tours at 4, 6, & 8 pm
 
December 3-4
Friday, December 3: Open Noon - 10 pm: candlelight tours at 4 & 6 pm
Saturday, December 4: Open Noon - 10 pm: candlelight tours at 4, 6, & 8 pm

December 10-11
Friday, December 10: candlelight tour at 4 pm
Saturday, December 11: Noon - 8: candlelight tours at 4 & 6 pm
 
December 18
Saturday, December 18: candlelight tour at 4 pm
 
Reservations are required for candlelight tours


Christmas tour
The Shriver family spent five Christmases in their finely appointed home on Baltimore Street. In December 1860, after a lengthy construction process, George and Hettie Shriver settled into their beautiful new home in time to celebrate Christmas with their two young daughters. Sadie had recently turned five years old; Mollie was three. Little did they know that just a few months later a Civil War would begin. You are cordially invited to take a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum, decorated for an 1860s Christmas, to hear about each of those five Christmases and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War affected the Shriver family.

Take a step back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-1800s. Enter the 19th century home of the Shriver family, one of the wealthiest families in town, as they prepare for the upcoming Christmas holidays. See the candle-laden Christmas tree in its place of honor on the parlor table as a fire roars in the fireplace of the handsome room decorated with hand-made holiday greenery. After hanging stockings on the mantle, the girls set out milk and cookies in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus on that magical night. While soldiers faced the perils of the Civil War, Christmas offered a few moments of cheer that would help brighten the lives of those at home. Learn how families celebrated the holidays while fathers, sons, and husbands were separated from loved ones during this tragic time in American history.
Candlelight Christmas tours will begin on Thanksgiving evening, November 25 and continue Friday and Saturday evenings through December 18. For additional information on the Shriver House or to make reservations for a Christmas tour, please call 717-337-2800. 

Private tours for groups of ten or more are welcome anytime (day or evening) throughout the holiday season; reservations are required.

Christmas tour
Christmas dinner
Christmas tree