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Five Christmases at the Shriver House
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NameFive Christmases at the Shriver House
Address309 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Brief DescriptionCandlelight Christmas tours of the 1860 Shriver House.
TypeAttraction
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionThe 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 the Shrivers 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 (7) and Mollie (5), 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 joined Cole's Cavalry which made it a challenge for Hettie to celebrate subsequent holidays with their girls while their father was away.

Guided tours of the pre-Civil War home of the Shriver family illustrate how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-19th century. The 4' tall candle-laden Christmas tree sits in its place of honor on the parlor table as a fire roars in the fireplace of the handsome room decorated with holiday greenery. After stringing popcorn and cranberries for the tree and hanging their stockings on the mantle, Sadie and Mollie set out clear toy candy and springerle cookies in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus and his reindeer on that magical night.

Phone 1(717) 337-2800
Emaildirector@shriverhouse.org
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time Allowance1:15
Cost$12/adults; $10/children 6-12
HoursThanksgiving and Saturdays, November 28 through December 19. See website for hours.
Websitewww.shriverhouse.org
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Last Updated6/12/2020
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