Cumberland Valley's historic attractions were featured in the October 2016 issue of Recreation News.
"Recently I made my first trip to Carlisle, Pa., the area called the Cumberland Valley. The borough of Carlisle was founded in 1751 as George Washington selected the site for the army’s first arsenal and school. One of the most famous citizens was Olympic champion Jim Thorpe, who was a student at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
The area is well known for its car shows and for Dickinson College. The college was chartered in 1783 and was the first college in the United States to be chartered after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. I suggest a stroll on campus.
Some of the attractions in the town include the Major General John Armstrong House, the Old Graveyard, St. Patrick Church & Cemetery, the Old Prison, the Blaine House and the High Street Train Station.
One of the key attractions is the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, the army’s primary historical facility, formed in 1999. It consists of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Army Heritage Museum and the Army War College. One of its missions is to purchase or accept donations of relevant contemporary and historical materials. There is a visitor center that serves to welcome and orient visitors with 7,000 square-feet of exhibit space and a store."