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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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A Walk Around Boiling Springs

Address: Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

Address: 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

Appalachian Trail Museum

Address: 1120 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324

Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC

Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013

Ashland Cemetery

Address: York Road, Carlisle, PA 17013

Big Spring Presbyterian Church

Address: 25 South Corporation Street, Newville, PA 17241

Camp Hill Cemetery

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

Camp Michaux Walking Tour

Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324

Carlisle Barracks

Address: Claremont Gate, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013

Carlisle Barracks

Address: Claremont Gate, Carlisle, PA 17013

Carlisle Indian School Cemetery

Address: Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA 17013

Carlisle Iron Works Furnace

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

Carlisle Springs Monument

Address: PA 34, .7 mile N of Carlisle Springs, Carlisle, PA 17013

Central PA African American Museum

Address: 119 North Tenth Street, Reading, PA 19601

Chambersburg Heritage Center

Address: 100 Lincoln Way E # A, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Chestnut Hill Cemetery

Address: York St & Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Civil War and More

Address: 10 South Market Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Colonel Blaine House

Address: 4 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

Conococheague Institute

Address: 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236

Cumberland County Historical Society

Address: 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

Cumberland County Law Enforcement Memorial

Address: 1 Public Safety Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013

Cumberland Golf Club

Address: 2395 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17015

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

Address: 23 Mcfarland, Newville, PA 17241

Daniel Kaufman House

Address: 301 Front Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Dickinson College

Address: 333 West High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

Dill's Tavern and Plantation

Address: 227 N. Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, PA 17019

Dykeman Springs

Address: 1 Dykeman Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257

Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

Address: 100 Baltimore Road, York Springs, PA 17372

Ege-Bucher Mansion

Address: Bucher Hill Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Address: Eisenhower Farm Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

First Presbyterian Church

Address: 2A North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

Forest Heritage and Discovery Center of the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum

Address: 101 Pine Grove Road (Park Office), located across from the Park Office, Fayetteville, PA 17222

Fort Couch & General Couch Monument

Address: Eighth St. and Ohio Ave., Lemoyne, PA 17043

Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

Address: 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

The Frankenberger Tavern

Address: 217 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Freight Station Museum and Museum Store

Address: 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

General Jenkins Monument at the Rupp House

Address: 5115 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Gettysburg Heritage Center

Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Address: 97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg National Military Park

Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg Tour Center

Address: 778 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Grist Mill

Address: South End of Children's Lake, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Hanover Junction

Address: Seven Valleys Road, Hanover, PA 17331

Harrisburg Cemetery

Address: 521 North 13th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Hessian Powder Magazine

Address: 24-98 Guardhouse Lane, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013

Historic Peace Church and Gardens

Address: Corner of Trindle Rd. & St. John's Church Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011

Historical Society of Camp Hill

Address: Camp Hill, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Historical Society of Dauphin County

Address: 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Historical Society of East Pennsboro

Address: 410 Cherry Street, Enola, PA 17025

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