Candlelight Christmas Tour


December 10, 2006|By LORI SEARS

If you ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated by civilians during the Civil War, you'll want to take the drive north to Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday for a Candlelight Christmas Tour of Shriver House Museum. The museum, once the home of saloon owner George Shriver, his wife, Hettie, and their children, will be decorated as it would have been in the 1860s.

Visitors can take a candlelit guided tour of the home and see a candle-laden Christmas tree on the parlor table, handmade holiday greenery adorning the large room, milk and cookies set out by the children and many other decorations. Guides will share the story of the Shrivers and offer insight as to how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War overall, changed their lives.

After the tour, visitors can have hot cider and holiday treats in the museum shop. Tours take place at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg. Reservations are required. Tickets are $10 or $7 for children younger than 12. 717-337-2800 or

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