What to See
Experience the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of the Shriver family
• Built in 1860 as new residence/business: 'Shriver's Saloon & Ten-Pin Alley'
• Guided tours conducted by docent in period attire
• Authentic sharpshooters’ nest in the attic - where two Confederates died
• Live civil war bullets discovered in 1996 – ten bullets found to date
• CSI Detectives use modern forensics to confirm blood stains
• Numerous bullet holes scar the brick
• Used as a hospital - medical supplies found hidden in house
• 19th century period garden
• Filming site for PBS, History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel and more
• Every room is frozen in time and furnished to its 1860s appearance
The Shriver House Museum is a lasting reminder of how the Battle of Gettysburg affected the residents of this south-central Pennsylvania town. The fully restored home of George Shriver is one of the most visited sites in Gettysburg. To enter the house today is to step back in time to see what life was like before the Civil War altered the Shrivers' lives forever.
George Washington Shriver
George Shriver is a descendent of one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Adams County. The Shrivers' large family farm produced vast quantities of liquor which led George to open Shrivers' Saloon & Ten-Pin Alley.
Hettie Weikert Shriver
In 1860, as serious talk of a Civil War was captivating the country, George and Hettie Shriver were building their new residence/business in Gettysburg. The family would occupy the finely-appointed first and second floors. The lower level would house George’s business, Shriver’s Saloon & Ten-Pin Alley. The two-lane ten-pin bowling alley was situated in an enclosed structure to the rear of the house.
Confederate Sharpshooters' Nest
Confederate sharpshooters commandeered the Shrivers’ home during the battle to fire at Union troops on nearby Cemetery Hill through two loop holes knocked through the south-facing brick wall. A CSI police detective, using a luminol-like chemical, confirmed the presence of mass quantities of blood in the area where it is known at least two soldiers died during the siege.