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A Civil War Christmas

A Civil War Christmas

  • Dates: Nov 23 - 25, Dec 1 - 2, Dec 8 - 9, Dec 15 - 16 2017
  • Location: Shriver House Museum
  • Address: 309 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • Phone: (717) 337-2800
  • Time: See description
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Thanksgiving weekend and Fridays and Saturdays through December, you are cordially invited to take a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum decorated for an 1860's Christmas, while hearing the story of the Shriver family and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War changed their lives forever. 

Take a step back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-1800s. Enter the 19th century home of George, Hettie, Sadie (7), and Mollie (5) Shriver 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 stringing popcorn for the tree and hanging their 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.

For additional information on the Shriver House Museum or to make reservations for a Christmas tour, please call 717-337-2800 or visit

Thanksgiving evening, November 23rd: candlelight tours at 5 & 7 pm
Friday, November 24th: Noon to 5 pm; candlelight tours at 5 & 7 pm
Saturday, November 25th: Noon to 5pm; candlelight tours at 5, 7 & 9 pm

Fridays through December 15th: candlelight tours at 5 & 7 pm
Saturdays through December 16th: Noon to 5pm: candlelight tours at 5 & 7 pm


A Civil War Christmas