Cumberland Valley is filled with history and local spots serving up craft brews. Dive into the museums, walking tours, and architecture that make the Valley a one-of-a-kind spot for history buffs. After, grab a cold one at our breweries and brewpubs. For more suggestions view the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail.
Rich in military, Revolutionary War, and Civil War history, the Cumberland County Historical Society and the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC), allow you to experience the stories that helped shape this area. USAHEC tells the history of the Army "one soldier at a time" and is home to indoor exhibits including the interactive Soldier Experience gallery and the outdoor Army Heritage Trail featuring full-scale exhibits including a Huey helicopter and M-46 Patton tank.
Discover other one-of-a-kind stories at the Cumberland County Historical Society. This engaging museum highlights the area's interesting past including the famed Carlisle Indian School and legendary, Revolutionary War heroine, Molly Pitcher. While in Carlisle, continue to learn more by taking self-guided tours of the 18th Century Architecture of Carlisle or the Carlisle Old Public Graveyard.
After a day exploring, relax at Carlisle's brewpubs including Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. History buffs will feel right at home ordering beers like the Powder Horn Porter, Cannonball Kolsch, and Independence IPA. You can also enjoy English cuisine at Market Cross Pub & Brewery or Belgium favorites at Cafe Bruges. (Insider tip: Be sure to try to Frites!)
Head over to the town of Mechanicsburg and uncover railroad history and more with the historic buildings that make up the Mechanicsburg Museum including the Stationmaster's House, Frankenberger Tavern, Freight Station, and the Passenger Station.
You can also walk down the street to Civil War & More. This popular bookshop offers collectibles, music, and flags. The staff can also tell you anything and everything that happened during the Civil War in this area.
When it's time to unwind, head to local favorite Appalachian Brewing Company or to Mellow Mink Brewing for a cold one.
Finish your history getaway by exploring the towns of the West Shore. Explore Civil War history by following the self-guided Civil War on the West Shore tour. Other interesting sites and drive-by monuments include the Historic Peace Church in Camp Hill, the Historical Society of East Pennsboro in Enola, and the Fort Couch & General Couch Monument in Lemoyne.
After discovering the hidden history spots on the West Shore, what better way to appreciate it even more than to enjoy craft beers and artisan cocktails at The Watershed Pub. The building dates back to the 1830s and has been carefully renovated and restored to retain many of its unique architectural features including a first-floor fireplace and wainscoting. Or, head to Ever Grain Brewing Co., voted our 2020 Taste of the Year winner by individuals who participated in the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. You can also pick up supplies and tips to brew your own beer at Scotzin Brothers in Lemoyne.