Cumberland Valley is here for you when you are ready to travel again. As we enter the Green Phase of re-opening on June 12, here are some updates that can help you plan your Weekend Easy getaway.

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Cumberland County Historical Society

21 North Pitt Street,
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 249-7610

Visit the Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS), a premier history and education center, dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the county’s history. The Society maintains a library, museum, photo archives, education center, museum shop and the Two Mile House on Walnut Bottom Road. CCHS offers educational programs to schools, walking tours, family oriented programs, workshops, book signings, outreach lectures,  bus trips, and an annual Celtic festival on Saturday of the Labor Day weekend. The award-winning museum features 16 galleries with stories of local history spanning  250 years. Noteworthy are the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, folk art, and decorative arts galleries.

The library contains historic county records, books, tax lists, genealogy materials, census records and manuscripts. Over 500,000 photos add an important visual element to the collections.

Located adjacent to the Historical Society, take a few minutes out of your busy day to relax in the Vale-Himes pocket park with walkways, gardens, and benches. The park will also host historical society events and can be rented for private events.

The G.B. Stuart History Workshop is an interactive learning experience for children ages 3-13 and includes free workstation crafts, a storytelling nook, the G.B. Stuart History Lab, and our live fish exhibit featuring real critters from the Conodoguinet and Yellow Breeches creeks

The History on High Shop, 33 West High Street is owned and operated by the Cumberland County Historical Society offers books on local history, unique gifts, art and crafts made by local artists and crafts people, postcards and souvenirs. The Cumberland Valley Visitors Center is located in the rear of the shop.

Civil War History: A Civil War Trails Marker is located insde of the side access gate of the Historical Society; street address of 37 W High St, Carlisle. The marker commemorates the Prelude to Gettysburg.

Groups:  Enjoy a guided tour through the history of Cumberland Valley, once the edge of the Western Frontier and a resting point for George Washington.  A 1 to 2 hour tour experience. Maximum of 60 persons per group. Tour rates vary. Motorcoach parking.

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  • Notes: Beginning on Tuesday, March 9, the Museum will be open by appointment: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-4pm. You can reserve a time here: Face masks and social distancing will be required. The Archives and Library are still open by appointment as well: Monday 3pm-7pm, Thursday/Friday from 12pm-4pm, and the first Saturday of each month from 12pm-4pm. Visit our website to sign up for a timeslot: History on High - The Shop will be open regular hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.
  • Parking: Free limited parking behind facility
  • Payment Accepted:
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  • Year Built - Prior to 1900: 1881
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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 1170
  • Total Sq. Ft. 1896
  • Reception Capacity 150
  • Theatre Capacity 120
  • Any Licensed Caterer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Registration Area
  • Tradeshow Booth Space
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  • Lobby/Reception Area
  • Outdoor Capacity 250
  • Banquet Capacity 100
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Booths 12
  • Classroom Capacity 90
Todd Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1170
  • Height: 11
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 90
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Cumberland Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 516
  • Height: 8
G. B. History Workshop
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 210
  • Height: 8
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