History & Hops

Molly Pitcher

Cumberland Valley is filled with history and local spots serving up craft brews. Dive in to the museums, walking tours and architecture that make the Valley a one-of-a-kind spot for history buffs. After, grab a cold one at our breweries and brew pubs. For more suggestions view the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail.

Carlisle

Rich in military, Revolutionary War and Civil War history, our interactive centers like the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC) and Cumberland County Historical Society, allow you to experience the stories that helped shape this area. USAHEC tells the history of the Army "one soldier at a time" and is home to indoor exhibits including the interactive Soldier Experience gallery and the outdoor Army Heritage Trail featuring full-scale exhibits including a Huey helicopter and M-46 Patton tank.

Discover other one-of-a-kind stories at the Cumberland County Historical Society. This engaging museum highlights the area's interesting past including the famed Carlisle Indian School and legendary, Revolutionary War heroine, Molly Pitcher. While in Carlisle, continue to learn more by following the 18th Century Architecture of Carlisle or the Carlisle Old Public Graveyard self-guided tours.

After a day exploring, relax at Carlisle's brew pubs including Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. History buffs will feel right at home ordering beers like the Powder Horn Porter, Cannonball Kolsch and the Minuteman Mild. You can also step into England at the Market Cross Pub & Brewery or Belgium at Cafe Bruges.

Mechanicsburg

Head over to the town of Mechanicsburg and uncover railroad history and more with the historic buildings that make up the Mechanicsburg Museum including the Stationmaster's House, Frankenberger Tavern, Freight Station and the Passenger Station.

You can also walk down the street to Civil War & More. This popular bookshop offers collectibles, music and flags. The staff can also tell you anything and everything that happened during the Civil War in this area.

When it's time to unwind, head to the local favorite Appalachian Brewing Company or the cozy Harty Brewing Company for a cold one.

West Shore

Finish your history getaway by exploring the towns of the West Shore. Explore Civil War history by following the self-guided Civil War on the West Shore tour. Other interesting sites and drive-by monuments include the Historic Peace Church in Camp Hill, the Historical Society of East Pennsboro in Enola and the Fort Couch & General Couch Monument in Lemoyne.

After discovering the hidden history spots on the West Shore, enjoy a pint or two at one of the following. Grain + Verse Bottlehouse in New Cumberland has over 200 varieties of beer to choose from. If you're looking to try something new, Al's of Hampden has over 100 options on draft. You can also pick up supplies and tips to brew your own beer at Scotzin Brothers in Lemoyne.