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Five Christmases at the Shriver House

December 18 @ 4:00 pm

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One event on November 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on November 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm

One event on December 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm

$10 – $12

Thanksgiving evening is the beginning of the Christmas holiday season at the Shriver House Museum. The Shriver family moved into their new home just before the Christmas of 1860. In anticipation of showing off their beautiful new home to family and friends, their house is fully decorated for a mid-19th century Christmas gathering.

Come hear how very different each of the five Christmases they spent in their home were affected by the Civil War. One of the wealthiest families in Gettysburg at the time, the first holiday George and Hettie, along with their two daughters, Sadie (5) and Mollie (3), celebrated in their new home was one full of joy and delight. Just four months later the Civil War began. The country was in turmoil and George Shriver was fighting with Cole’s Cavalry which made it a challenge for Hettie Shriver to celebrate the following holidays with her girls while their father was away.

The 4’ tall candle-laden Christmas tree sits in the middle of the handsome parlor decorated with holiday greenery. After hanging their stockings on the mantle, Sadie and Mollie set out springerle cookies in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus on that magical night. The smell of pine and popcorn fills the house bringing memories of Christmases past.

*Tour Schedule:

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


December 18
4:00 pm
$10 – $12
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Shriver House Museum
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Shriver House Museum
309 Baltimore St
Gettysburg, PA 17325 United States
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(717) 337-2800
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