Candlelight Christmas Tour

Shriver House at Christmas

Five Christmases at the Shriver House

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

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


Reservations are required for candlelight tours
Christmas tour
The Shriver family spent five Christmases in their finely-appointed home on Baltimore Street. In December, 1860, after a lengthy construction process, George and Hettie Shriver settled into their beautiful new home in time to celebrate Christmas with their two young daughters just months before the Civil War began. Sadie had recently turned five years old; Mollie was three. You are cordially invited to take a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum, decorated for an 1860s Christmas, to hear about each of those five Christmases and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War affected the Shriver family.

Take a step back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-1800s. Enter the 19th century home of the Shriver family, one of the wealthiest families in town, 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 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.

Candlelight Christmas tours will begin on Thanksgiving evening, November 23rd and continue Saturday evenings through December 16th. For additional information on the Shriver House Museum or to make reservations for a Christmas tour, please call 717-337-2800. 

Private tours for groups of ten or more are welcome anytime throughout the holiday season; reservations are required.

Christmas tour
Christmas tree
Christmas shopping