CARLISLE, PA (March 1, 2011) - The historic Ironmaster's Mansion closed its doors on May 5, 2010 and with the help of the Central PA Conservancy (CPC) and over 4,800 hours of volunteer help is scheduled to have its grand opening one year later on May 6, 2011.

Beginning April 5, 2011 visitors will be able to stay at the mansion and reservations can already be made for meetings, weddings, groups and hikers wishing to stay at the hostel. The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau (CVVB) will be partnering with the Ironmaster's Mansion and making the reservations. "We are delighted to assist the Ironmaster's Mansion by taking reservations and look forward to strengthening our partnership with this historic, educational and recreational asset," said CVVB Director of Tourism, Shireen Farr. For reservations call 717-486-4108 or email

The Ironmaster's Mansion has been completely renovated, repainted and landscaped. Approximately $72,000 worth of donated professional labor and over $52,000 of cash donations have led to replaced windows, a renovated kitchen, bunk beds for the hostel and the addition of meeting space. "The mansion doesn't belong to the Central PA Conservancy, it was rebuilt by the community and should be used by the community," said CPC Executive Director, Deb Bowman.

A few details and final touches are needed to complete the mansion and make it ready for business. They are in need of kitchen supplies, large throw rugs, folding chairs, meeting tables, rocking chairs and patio furniture for the deck and any decorative item. If you are interested in donating please contact Deb Bowman at the Central PA Conservancy, 717-241-4360.

The mission of the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau is to promote Cumberland Valley as a tourist destination, attract visitors to the area, enhance the visitor's experience, and to encourage and promote overnight stays.

The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau is also part of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country Roads region, the number one visited region in PA, a true vacation destination where country meets city and the past lives side-by-side with the present.