New Cumberland PA 

When you think of New Cumberland, you might associate it with the Army Depot. But, our southernmost town on the banks of the West Shore was originally a ferry site for early English, Irish, Scottish and German settlers crossing the Yellow Breeches Creek. Established in 1831 by an Act of the General Assembly, New Cumberland was a commercial stop between Harrisburg and York. Early industries included an iron forge and grain and lumber mills. Many famous figures passed through the town, including Charles Dickens and Abraham Lincoln. Civil War General, then Governor, John W. Geary made his home here.      

Delve further into the history of this town and support the New Cumberland Public Library when you purchase a copy of “A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown New Cumberland." The pamphlet lists 48 places, all within the original 1831 borough limits, and includes a numbered map in the center. It was produced with a generous grant from the Cumberland County Historical Society and sells for $5. Copies can be purchased at the Library or at History on High in Carlisle.

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