Heritage Week

Friday, Sept. 1 & Saturday, Sept. 2: 

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Walking tours, 10.30 & 2.00

Join an AHEC guide for a 1-hour walking tour of the Army Heritage Trail. Tours will leave on both days at 10.30 and 2.00 from the flag pole at AHEC.

Tours are limited to 25 people and participants must register by emailing – usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil – with your name, number of people attending and the time/day you will joining the tour.

You can learn more about the US Army Heritage and Education Center HERE


Monday, Sept. 4:

Walk and picnic at Mount Holly Marsh Preserve, 10.00 – FULL

This is a FREE event but please book advance Here

The walk start with an historical tour/talk from Randy Watts on the Holly Trolley and amusement park – From 1901 to 1917 the Trolley to Holly operated an amusement park at the south end of their line in Mount Holly Springs.  This walk will start at the end of the trolley line and walk south through the former park.  As we do we’ll stop at the sites of the major buildings so that you can see, via historic postcards, what the park looked like.  At one time there was a bowling alley, merry-go-round and roller coaster, as well as a dance hall, restaurant, playground, picnic area and ball field.  The Randy’s talk will end at the site of the former lake were boat rides were offered. From there we will walk into the preserve and you will hear from local residents about the history of the Preserve and its importance to Mount Holly Springs.

GCP Logo

Bring a packed lunch with you and we will end the walk by eating lunch on the remains of the dam along Mountain Creek.

You are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear for this event.

Parking will be in the Marsh Preserve lot and you will walk to the entrance to start the tour. You can find more information and directions

here: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/pennsylvania/placesweprotect/mount-holly-marsh-preserve.xml

 Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities at this location. 

Wednesday, Sept. 6:

Bus trip to Mt Tabor AME Zion Church and Cemetery in Mount Holly Springs, 4.00 – SOLD OUT

 This is a FREE event. Space is limited and tour must be booked in advance Here

In 2016, Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project interviewed the Gumby family about what they valued in their community and would like to see for the future. During this interview we learned about their family history and the existence of a c.1870 log cabin Church in Mount Holly Springs. Join us for the bus tour to learn more about the history of this amazing church and how one story led to community action in Greater Carlisle.

To learn more about the church and the Heart & Soul Project please visit their website: http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/greater-carlisle-heart-soul/

Due to limited parking at the site all participants must join us on the bus for this tour. The bus will leave from Cumberland County Historical Society promptly at 4.00. Booking is required as space is limited.

Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities at this location. 


Saturday, Sept. 9:

Bike ride on Rails to Trails, Allen Road, 9.00

 This is a FREE event. Space is limited and tour must be booked in advance Here

Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails is working to expand the Rail Trail to the Greater Carlisle region. Join a Rail Trail guide at the Allen Road stretch to learn about the trail and future plans for our region.

To get to the Trail Head at Allen Road from CCHS head South on North Pitt Street. Turn Right onto West High Street. Turn Right onto North Orange Street and the first left onto PA 641, Newville Road. Follow this road for 1.9 miles and at the light turn left onto Allen Road. Parking information TBD







CANCELLED – Bus tour to LEAF farm, 10.00-1.00   

 This is a FREE event. Space is limited on the bus so tour must be booked in advance Here

Join LEAF and Greater Carlisle Project for a tour of the farm to learn more about their project and afterwards a picnic along Sherman’s Creek (food provided).

LEAF (Leadership, Education, and Farming) envisions a world where youth leaders are meaningfully engaged in solving community problems and connect people from diverse backgrounds to food, land, and each other. Their mission is to cultivate youth leaders from diverse backgrounds through meaningful work in the food system. To learn more about LEAF visit their website here: http://www.leafprojectpa.org/

The bus will leave from Cumberland County Historical Society at 10.00.

Shippensburg Historical Society presents a walking tour of Shippensburg’s Historic Locust Grove Cemetery, 1.00

 This is a FREE event. Space is limited and tour must be booked in advance Here

Join Shippensburg University History Professor Steve burg and his students to learn more about the history and preservation of this historic African-American Cemetery, Locust Grove. In the event of rain this event will be held indoors and a virtual tour will given by Prof. Burg.

Address for the Cemetery: 111 North Queen Street, Shippensburg, PA

For more information about the Shippensburg Historical Society visit: www.shippensburghistory.org


Craighead House 80-85 Commemoration, Events throughout the day

Join the Craighead House as they commemorate the 80th anniversary Frank and John Craighead’s first National Geographic article and the 85th anniversary of their work training Cooper’s hawks.

10.15: Birdwalk conducted by Appalachian Audubon Society

11.00: Historic tour conducted by Tom Benjey

11.30: Monarch butterfly tagging conducted by the Appalachian Audubon Society

2.00: Historic tour conducted by Tom Benjey

3.00: Monarch butterfly tagging conducted by Appalachian Audubon Society

For more information on events or to learn more about the house and the Craighead family visit the Craighead house website

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