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“A Wonderful Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cumberland County Historical Society

Cumberland County Historical Society
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Carlisle
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“A Wonderful Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

I am lucky to have this "gem" in my very own backyard! The exhibits are interesting and well put together. Their programs and workshop are not to be miss. What a wonderful place to honor and maintain Cumberland County history! The building is quite beautiful and full of history or all to enjoy. I have use the historical society many times for both research in the library, to view exhibits and to attend their educational programs. I am proud to say that my husband and I are both members.

Visited December 2013
Thank Barb W
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews
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“Wonderful little museum in the middle of town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

It was a free museum and just the right size to spend an hour or two and learn a little history of the area. I thought it was nicely displayed and interesting.

Visited June 2013
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“A great place to research genealogy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

With family history so close in the tiny burg of Newville, I wanted to conduct some family research. The librarians here are amazingly helpful and persistent and uncovered exactly what we were looking for!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank armhumber
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Historic quaint town!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

wish finding the welcome center + museum were easier to locate brochure in hotel! The volunteer in the museum made the displays and history come alive her enthusiasm was wonderful. Carlisle has much more to offer than car shows.

Visited July 2013
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“Good small museum devoted to the history of Cumberland County”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

On May 16, 2013 I walked through the museum with 14 ladies, the majority who lived 60-70-80 years in Cumberland County. In addition to the small museum at 21 North Pitt Street, the Cumberland County Historical Society offers a research library; Two Mile House, on the National Register of Historic Places; "History on High", the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center with books and crafts of local artisans; and educational programs. We first had lunch at Cafe Bruges: my $12.72 crab cake sandwich was mostly filler. Then we walked across North Pitt Street to the museum. After our visit, I was irritated to learn that the spokesperson for our group who lived in Carlisle over 80 years and apparently thought she knew all the background information, turned down the offer of a guided tour. Background stories and information associated with the exhibits would have been a significant enhancement. One large wall had a timeline of Cumberland County Events, some of which are: 1720 James Letort establishes trading post; 1753 Benjamin Franklin negotiates a treaty with Native Americans at Carlisle; 1776 three county attorneys sign the Declaration of Independence-James Wilson, James Smith, and George Ross; 1783 Dickinson College chartered; 1794 President Washington mustered troops in Carlisle during the Whiskey Rebellion; 1834 Dickinson Law School established; 1863 Confederate invasion of Cumberland County; 1879-1918 10,000 Indians attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School; and 1912 Jim Thorpe and Louis Tewanima, Carlisle Indian School students, win Olympic medals. The permanent exhibits that I liked best were: a large photo of Indian School students, and vintage quilts. "1863 Invasion in the Valley", a good special exhibit running through October 26, 2013, commemorates the 150th anniversary of Confederates invading Cumberland County in June of 1863, which lead up to the Battle of Gettysburg. It includes 10 video stories on the Civil War.

Visited May 2013
Thank Mimi59
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