Carlisle PA

The historic, Preserve America town of Carlisle is noted for its restored architecture and tree-lined streets–once walked on by George Washington, Molly Pitcher and other icons of early America. If history is your passion, this town offers landmarks, museums, a retro movie and performing arts theatre, and a Civil War augmented reality walking tour that allows you to use your smartphone or tablet to see history with new eyes!

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Carlisle LivabilityIn 2015, Carlisle was ranked #16 on's 100 Best Small Towns. According to the site, "Nestled in the highly productive Cumberland Valley agricultural region, Carlisle provides a quaint setting for families. While school age children attend the Carlisle Area School District, higher education classes can be taken at Dickinson College, U.S. Army War College and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The Carlisle Regional Medical Center offers excellent care, and many residents enjoy the borough's 18 public parks. Green spaces, restaurants and cultural attractions provide many things to do in Carlisle." View more details and the list here.

  •  Settled by Scots-Irish immigrants in 1751, this historic town is named after its sister town of Carlisle, England.
  • A hub of activity, Carlisle has hosted notable figures including Declaration of Independence signers James Smith, James Wilson and George Washington, and is home of the Revolutionary War legend Molly Pitcher.
  • The Carlisle Barracks contributes to the rich military history in the town – it served as a munitions depot during the Revolutionary War, was torched during the Civil War and now is home to the Army War College.
  • A train ran down the entire length of High Street in Carlisle for 99 years; that's why the road is so wide!

Carlisle residents and those looking to relocate can find helpful information on the Carlisle Borough website.