Christmas in Gettysburg

Best Bet

November 27, 2005|By LORI SEARS

Experience a Civil War Christmas at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg, Pa., Saturdays through Dec. 17. Visit the holiday-decorated 1860-era home of George and Hettie Shriver (below), and learn how the war affected them, their children and their home.

Tours of the home will feature a candle-laden Christmas tree on the parlor table, a fire roaring in the quiet room and a Confederate sharpshooters' nest in the attic. Guides in period dress will recount the tale of the Shriver family, including how George went off to join the Union army in 1861, and Hettie, fearing the war getting ever nearer to her home in 1863, left with her young children to seek refuge at her parents' farm three miles south. When Hettie eventually returned home, she discovered that Confederate snipers had occupied her garret for a time.

In December 1863, George was granted a four-day furlough to spend Christmas with his family. The tours will offer a glimpse into the holiday moments that families of soldiers could share and enjoy. After the tours, visitors can sip hot cider and enjoy holiday treats.

Tours of the Shriver House Museum will be offered at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The museum is at 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa. Cost: $10; $7 for those under age 12. Details: 717-337-2800 or shriverhouse.org.

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