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 Schriver House Museum Offers Open House to Adams County Residents

5/24/2004 - On June 16, 2004, the Schriver House Museum will offer an open house to Adams County residents. To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Schriver House Museum Shop, free tours of the 1860 home of George and Hettie (Weikert) Schriver will be offered throughout the day for up to two people per family.

Thirty-minute tours of up to twenty people will begin every half-hour between 10 am and 5 pm. Reservations are not required but space is limited. Refreshments will be served while guests browse the new Schriver House Museum Shop located at 307 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, next to the Schriver House Museum. The Museum Shop offers a selection of fine gifts, civil war related items such as jewelry, toys and books, and a small selection of antiques.

The Schriver House Museum was painstakingly restored in 1996 by Del and Nancie Gudmestad. It is now open to the public as a heritage museum. The tour offers a special insight into the lives of the people of Gettysburg and how the battle and the Civil War affected them.

Built just a few months before the Civil War broke out, Confederates set up a sharpshooters nest in the attic during the Battle of Gettysburg. Live ammunition and medical supplies were discovered under the attic floorboards during the restoration. The tour also gives a glimpse into the lifestyles, customs, and furnishings of the 1860's.

The Schriver House Museum has earned numerous awards including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Historic Preservation Award.

The Museum has been used as a filming site for PBS, A&E and The History Channel. For additional information on the Schriver House Museum or the Open House, please call 337-2800 or visit