Plan a spring getaway to Cumberland Valley to enjoy Army Heritage Days at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC). USAHEC, located in Carlisle, hosts Army Heritage Days each year. This timeline living-history event features several hundred reenactors from all eras spread out along the one-mile, outdoor Army Heritage Trail. Decked out in period uniforms and weapons, these living historians will have their historical equipment and weapons on display and will be available to talk to the public and answer any of your history questions.
In 2019 the theme is “Remembering D-Day,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous campaigns of WWII. USAHEC is highlighting the anniversary with two D-Day focused lectures, displays, WWII aircraft flyover, and special programs throughout the two-day event, as well as an increase in equipment and re-enactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, Army Heritage Days will encompass the history of the Army and the development of the American Soldier from pre-French and Indian War to current operations.
New to Army Heritage Days this year will be a WWII aircraft flyover scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. See and hear the C-47 transport which dropped paratroopers and supplies on the French countryside and towed gliders into the sky above Normandy. Also featured will be the workhorse fighter of WWII, the P51 Mustang. Of course, we will be bringing back old favorites such as the Veterans Meet and Greet, lectures by notable historians, the kid’s passport program, and informational programs by the re-enactors on the Army Heritage Trail. The event will also feature a used book sale in the Museum Store.
Other Weekend Activities
While you're in town for Army Heritage Days include these other fun things to see and do in your stay. History buffs coming to Carlisle can also browse our collection of Monuments, Memorials & Military History, All Things Civil War, Our Collection of Revolutionary War History and Tavern Tours.
The Valley is also home to a variety of "trails" you can explore on your visit. Follow the Antiques and Vintage Trail, Artisan Adventure Trail or the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail to experience the shops and breweries in the area.
You can pick up information on area attractions at the Area Information Desk inside the US Army Heritage & Education Center building.
Dining & Lodging
When it's time to stop for a bite to eat, downtown Carlisle features over 30 restaurants with flavors from all around the globe. View your options here.