Uncovering the Past

A History Lover's Weekend in Cumberland Valley

For the history buff, Cumberland Valley features many historical sites, ranging from museums and cemeteries to destinations with a wealth of Civil War history. It’s the perfect spot for an adventure into the past, and we’ve put together an exciting three-day itinerary for you! 


Carlisle HouseIf you’re planning a weekend getaway filled with history, Cumberland Valley offers a charming selection of bed and breakfast options, many of which are steeped in history themselves. At Pheasant Field B&B, you can revel in the pastoral beauty of a meticulously restored 200-year-old farmhouse, complete with on-site horse stables and pet-friendly rooms. 

Carlisle House B&B, located in the heart of Carlisle's historic district, blends modern comfort with rich local heritage, offering delicious breakfast and plenty of modern amenities to keep you comfortable. On the outskirts of town, Stuart Manor B&B provides rooms in a Georgian-style manor house set on expansive grounds, perfect for a serene experience. Each of these B&Bs offers a unique and comfortable stay and serves as a portal to the rich history of Cumberland Valley.

Day 1: Friday

Cumberland County Historical SocietyMorning: Kick off your exploration of the historic Cumberland Valley with a trip to one of our Top Spots for Breakfast. We recommend Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill for light bites and a heavy dose of caffeine to start your day. After breakfast, head to the Cumberland County Historical Society. Here, you can explore displays from colonial times, the Civil War era, and Native American cultures. Or visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, where interpretive and interactive exhibits tell the story of the army “one soldier at a time.”

Afternoon: The Appalachian Brewing Company 1757 Grille is located right outside the Carlisle Barracks gates and serves up brewpub classics with options for indoor or outdoor dining. Following lunch, explore the Carlisle Barracks. Established in 1757, these barracks have played a significant role in American history and currently serve as the home of the Army War College. 

Evening: Finish off your day with dinner at 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion. The restaurant's name stems from when President George Washington led a group of militiamen to western Pennsylvania to put down the "Whiskey Rebellion," started by a group of farmers angry about the 25 percent tax on whiskey. President Washington met and took command of the militia at the Carlisle Barracks. The menu features fresh, locally sourced ingredients and an extensive selection of American and international whiskeys.

Day 2: Saturday

Rolls Royce MuseumMorning: Treat yourself to an indulgent breakfast of crepes at Chef de Crepe in Camp Hill. Following breakfast, set out to explore the museums in Cumberland Valley. Here, you’ll find unique spots full of history and fascinating artifacts (including a few fancy Rolls Royce cars!). 

Afternoon: Enjoy lunch and brews at Al's of Hampden, another participating location on the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail, where you can enjoy craft beers, pizza, pasta, and more. Then, venture out to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, which is teeming with Civil War history. Or spend the rest of your afternoon on a historic hike or self-guided walking tour — a great way to explore the area while getting some exercise!

Late Afternoon/Evening: Wrap up your day with a delicious dinner at a spot like Aura Modern Mediterranean. The chic atmosphere and mouth-watering cuisine are the perfect way to finish your day. Or stop in at Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza Place to enjoy a delicious brick-oven pizza and craft beer.  

Day 3: Sunday

Allenberry-91Morning: Slept in from the busy day before? No worries! You can enjoy brunch at a variety of local restaurants. In particular, history buffs will enjoy a visit to The Barn at Allenberry. After a delicious meal, walk around the historic grounds. Legend has it that the uncle of American folk hero Davey Crockett settled along the Yellow Breeches Creek where Allenberry Resort sits today. If time permits, visit the historic village of Boiling Springs for a self-guided walking tour.  

Departure: Bid farewell to Cumberland Valley as you head home. We are so glad you came to enjoy our historic sites and can’t wait to see you back soon on another weekend getaway!


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