Shriver House Museum#4 in Best Things To Do in Gettysburg
Like the Jennie Wade House, the Shriver House Museum aims to portray what life was like for Gettysburg residents during the Civil War. Inside this restored 19th-century home, which belonged to the Shriver family, you'll find 10 Civil War bullets, medical supplies, furnishings and more. Plus, you'll learn more about the building's use as a home, a saloon, a two-lane bowling alley and a hospital for wounded soldiers. The property was even temporarily commandeered by Confederate troops during the Battle of Gettysburg. At least two soldiers are known to have died in the attic.
Previous visitors heaped praise on this historic property, citing its well-maintained rooms, excellent artifacts and friendly staff as highlights. Many were especially impressed with the informative guides, who wear period attire and provide interesting details about the Shriver family.
You'll find the Shriver House Museum in the heart of Gettysburg a block south of the Gettysburg Museum of History. There is no parking lot on-site, but metered street parking is readily available in the area. Souvenirs are sold at the property's gift shop. Tickets cost $9.50 per adult and $7.50 for each child between 7 and 12; kids younger than 7 get in for free. Entrance fees include a 30-minute guided tour. Museum hours vary by month, though visitors are generally welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Find out more by visiting the Shriver House Museum website.
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#1 Gettysburg National Military Park
Bordering the southern end of downtown Gettysburg, the roughly 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park is a must for history buffs, especially those with an interest in the Civil War. It was here that Confederate troops clashed with Union soldiers for three days in July 1863, resulting in a decisive victory for the North. But this key win for the Union came at a cost: More than 51,000 soldiers on both sides died, were wounded, went missing or were captured, making this conflict the bloodiest battle of the war.
Today, Gettysburg National Military Park welcomes visitors keen on learning more about the Civil War through exhibits, ranger programs, guided tours and special events. Some of the park's most noteworthy sights are as follows:
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