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Cumberland Valley History

The Cumberland Valley is rich in history from its architectural downtowns to the modern facilities honoring past heroes. You and the family can experience different eras of the past in new ways and uncover why The Valley is as passionate about history as it is about making it.

Here are a few history fun facts to get you started:

  • Organized in 1789, the Union Fire Co. No. 1 in Carlisle is housed in the Victorian fire house they built in 1888. 
  • During World War II, the Enola Rail Yards consisted of 217 sets of track that handled more than 10,000 rail cars a day.
  • Mary Ludwig Hays (better known as Molly Pitcher) is renowned for her bravery at the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War where she assisted her husband at his gun station. Visit her grave and statue at the Old Graveyard in Carlisle on E. South Street. 
  • The Carlisle Indian School is where Olympian Jim Thorpe and more than 10,000 American Indian children went to school from 1879-1918.
  • The Locust Grove Cemetery in Shippensburg has been the final resting place of Shippensburg area African-Americans for nearly two hundred years. Among those buried on the cemetery grounds are twenty-six black Civil War veterans who served with the U.S. Colored Troops between 1863 and 1865. Those veterans include men who served with the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiments, the first combat units open to African-American men during the Civil War, which were the units featured in the movie Glory. 
  • During the confederate invasion through Carlisle from June 27-30, 1863, both West and East Colleges at Dickinson College were used as hospitals for wounded Union soldiers and captured Confederates. 
  • Confederates shelled Carlisle during their invasion in 1863. Marks are still visible on the one column at the Old Courthouse
  • George Washington really did sleep here - for an entire week in October 1794. So did 14,000 militia men. They came to Carlisle to march with Washington to Western Pennsylvania to quell the Whiskey Rebellion. 
  • The Carlisle Barracks maintains more than 100 historic buildings, 22 of which are listed in the National Historic Register. 
  • The reason High Street is so wide in Carlisle is because a train ran down the entire length of High Street in Carlisle for 99 years. It made its last run in 1937. You can read about it on the Wayside Marker on the NW corner of W. High Street.

 

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18th Century Architecture of Carlisle

Address: Carlisle, PA 17013
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A Walk Around Boiling Springs

Address: Boiling Springs, PA 17007
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Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

Address: 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
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Appalachian Trail Museum

Address: 1120 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
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Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC

Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Ashland Cemetery

Address: York Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Big Spring Presbyterian Church

Address: 25 South Corporation Street, Newville, PA 17241
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Camp Hill Cemetery

Address: 21st & 22nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
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Camp Michaux Walking Tour

Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
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Carlisle Barracks

Address: Claremont Gate, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013
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Carlisle Barracks

Address: 22 Ashburn Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Carlisle Indian School Cemetery

Address: Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Carlisle Iron Works Furnace

Address: Route 174 behind the Grist Mill, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
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Carlisle Springs Monument

Address: PA 34, .7 mile N of Carlisle Springs, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Central PA African American Museum

Address: 119 North Tenth Street, Reading, PA 19601
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