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2019 Events

The 2019 Tavern Dinner

2018 Events

Woodrow Wilson and World War 1
Held: Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5pm
Location: The Stern Building, Dickinson College, Carlisle

In this 100th Anniversary Year of the ending of The Great War, aka “The War to End All Wars” there could be nothing more appropriate than for Historic Carlisle to present an evening With the 28th President of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson as he discusses the lead up to World War 1 and his Presidency during and after it..

This fascinating look back at history features Neill Hartley as President Wilson. Our thanks go to the Producer of the performance, American Historical Theatre.

The Shelling of Carlisle
Held: February 19, 2018 at 7pm
Location: Next to Scalles Restaurant, High St., Carlisle

Today we celebrated the dedication of our newest Wayside Marker which commemorates and marks the location of the shelling of Carlisle on July 1, 1863 - the evening of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. At about 6:30 on the evening of July 1, 1863, Confederate forces under the command of Major General J.E.B. Stuart arrived at this location from Dillsburg. With Stuart was Major General Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry brigade, comprising approximately 1,500 men. The two other brigades of Stuart's cavalry (Hampton and Rooney Lee) remained in the Dillsburg area, and did not participate in the attack of Carlisle. The dismounted Confederate cavalry troopers were emplaced in fighting positions on this side of the Letort Spring Run, and exchanged rifle fire with Union forces positioned on the other side, many of them behind the wall in the Old Cemetery. But, the real action of the day was the shelling of Carlisle by Stuart's First Horse Artillery, a Virginia battery under the command of Captain Robert Breathed. Two of Breathed's four three inch ordnance rifles were located right here at the intersection of York and Trindle Roads. The other two guns were located several hundred yards behind to the East, likely where Pizza Hut or Burger King are now located. There is controversy regarding the number of artillery pieces - some sources say six, some say seven. We believe there were four, which is the number of guns normally allotted, and we also know that Breathed had four guns the next day when he joined the fight at Gettysburg. When the shelling started, the rearward guns mistook the guns emplaced here, and fired upon them - a mistake quickly corrected! The two guns located here were deemed to be vulnerable, and were likely repositioned rearward at some time during the firing, which continued throughout the night, ceasing at about 3 AM the next morning when Stuart's command was summoned to the battle at Gettysburg by General Robert E. Lee. So, that is the story in brief. Historic Carlisle thought it was appropriate to mark this place with one of our Wayside Markers because there is little published, or even known, about the Confederate troops and their positions during this skirmish. There are several other markers in the vicinity of the square which describe the Union forces, who were massed there. Much of our information comes from a letter written by Stuart's Aide de Camp, Major Theodore Garnet, almost thirty years later, where he describes the action in some detail. While historians have varying views, many believe that Stuart's engagement here in Carlisle, which was inconsequential in every other regard, nevertheless played a role in the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg. Lee was deprived of his major Cavalry force on the first day of the battle, thus losing his most valuable eyes and ears and the benefit of the intelligence that would have been provided by the cavalry's reconnaissance activities. We are indebted to HCI Board Member Larry Smarr who has spent many, many hours researching the background to this marker; and to Mr & Mrs Wayne Meals, the owners of Scalles Restaurant on whose property the marker is installed; and of course to the Cumberland County Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Corporation who provided significant funding for this Marker, and to the Borough of Carlisle who performed the actual installation as they have so generously done for all our others..

WGAL TV's Report of the Shelling of Carlisle! We will be dedicating a historic marker, and presenting a conversation about the history of Carlisle’s Gobin Guard National Guard Unit, along with a presentation of World War 1 artifacts by the expert historians and interpreters of Time Traveler Trunks More information about the Gobin Guards can be found at Cumberland County Historical Society

The Story of the Gobin Guards
To Be Held: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7pm
Location: Stock Hall, St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W Louther St., Carlisle

Join Historic Carlisle for an evening event where we will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the United States entering into World War 1.

WGAL TV's Report of the Shelling of Carlisle! We will be dedicating a historic marker, and presenting a conversation about the history of Carlisle’s Gobin Guard National Guard Unit, along with a presentation of World War 1 artifacts by the expert historians and interpreters of Time Traveler Trunks More information about the Gobin Guards can be found at Cumberland County Historical Society

2017 Events

Historic Carlisle Tavern Dinner
To Be Held: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 5pm
Location: Market Cross Pub, Carlisle

Tavern Dinner 2017

Tavern Dinner 2016
Tavern Dinner 2016
Tavern Dinner 2016

Alexander Hamilton came to Carlisle!
Held: Friday, October 14 at 7pm
Location: Cumberland County Historical Society, N Pitt Street, Carlisle
Cost: No Charge to the public

2016 Events

Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton in Carlisle Alexander Hamilton audience

After a day introducing himself to local schools, Alexander Hamilton talked to Carlislians at the Cumberland County Historical Society. Historic Carlisle provided Wine and Cheese, HCI Board members delectated your taste buds with cookies, and the Market Cross Pub very kindly wetted our whistles with a few growlers of their craft-brewed ales!

Alexander Hamilton is portrayed by Eben Kuhns, a Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. In addition to seasonal appearances at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, he may be found at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate portraying George Washington "Washy" Parke Custis and John Anderson, Distillery Manager. American Historical Theatre is delighted to introduce him to new audiences as Alexander Hamilton.

The Butcher Family Tot Lot Marker Dedication

April 21, 2016 at 4pm.

Historic Carlisle Tavern Dinner
Held: Sunday, February 28 at 5pm
Location: Market Cross Pub, Carlisle

Tavern Dinner 2016

Tavern Dinner 2016
Tavern Dinner 2016
Tavern Dinner 2016

2015 Events

We'd like to tell you a story...

...about Mary McCauley Ludwig Hays

The Revolutionary War heroine known as

Molly Pitcher
Held: Friday, October 9 at 7pm
Location: Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle
Molly Pitcher Memorial in Carlisle PA 2015 Molly Pitcher Ad for HCI 2015

Historic Carlisle Tavern Dinner
Held: Sunday, February 15 at 5pm
Location: Market Cross Pub, Carlisle

Tavern Dinner 2015

2014 Events

Raising of the Star-Spangled Banner
Held: Saturday, September 20 at 11am
Location: Carlisle, Veteran's Square
A Garrison Flag measuring 42 feet long by 30 feet wide was raised to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by the British Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant, as the guests of three British officers: Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, Rear Admiral George Cockburn, and Major General Robert Ross. Skinner and Key were there to negotiate the release of prisoners, one of whom was Dr. William Beanes, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland who had been arrested after putting rowdy stragglers under citizen's arrest. Skinner, Key, and Beanes were not allowed to return to their own sloop because they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and with the British intent to attack Baltimore. As a result of this, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13–14, 1814.

At dawn, Key was able to see an American flag still waving and reported this to the prisoners below deck. On the way back to Baltimore, he was inspired to write a poem describing his experience, "Defence of Fort M'Henry", which he published in the Patriot on September 20, 1814. This poem, set to music by John Stafford Smith has become better known as “The Star Spangled Banner”.

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Full information about the Star-Spangled Banner from the Smithsonian.
Historic Carlisle was proud to display this flag as part of the commemorations.


Date: Monday, June 30 2014 at 7pm
Location: Veterans Square, Downtown Historic Carlisle

Near Pittsburgh, on July 9, 1755... a French and Native American force decimated a small British and colonial army, and thus the story of the captives started. In raids across the length and breadth of Pennsylvania, French troops and their Indian allies fought bitterly to remove the British Army and colonial settlers from the part of the New World which they considered to be theirs. General Braddocks ill-fated march to attempt to capture Fort Duquesne effectively left them free to pillage the frontier towns a far east as Carlisle, and so they did right up until General Forbes' campaign in 1758

Following the victorious Forbes campaign, a truce existed until raids began again in 1764 when a girl named Dysart was murdered near Big Spring. Colonel Henry Bouquet led a force of nearly 1,500 militiamen and regular British soldiers from Fort Pitt into the Ohio Country. On October 13, 1764, Bouquet's army reached the Tuscarawas River. Shortly thereafter, representatives from the Shawnees, Senecas, and Delawares came to Bouquet to sue for peace.

Bouquet then moved his army from the Tuscarawas River to the Muskingum River at modern-day Coshocton, Ohio. This placed him in the heart of tribal lands and would allow him to quickly strike the natives' villages if they refused to cooperate. As part of the peace treaty, Bouquet demanded the return of all white captives in exchange for a promise not to destroy the Indian villages or seize any of their land. The return of the captives caused much bitterness among the tribesmen, because many of them had been forcibly adopted into Indian families as small children, and living among the Native Americans had been the only life they remembered. Some 'white Indians' such as Rhoda Boyd managed to escape back into the native villages; many others were never exchanged. Bouquet was responsible for the return more than 200 white captives to the settlements back east.

"One captive was an 18 year-old girl who could not give her name. A German widow, Magdalena Hoffman, thought she recognized her as Regina, one of two daughters lost during a raid near Selinsgrove in October 1755, but the girl gave no indication that she knew Magdalena. Perhaps at Colonel Bouquet’s suggestion, the woman started to sing a hymn she had sung to her daughter at bedtime. “Allein und doch nicht ganz allein bin ich.” (Alone and yet not alone am I). Regina recognized the song and began singing it too, thus providing the most poignant and best remembered of all the reunions of loved-ones long lost that took place that day here in this square."

Chief Pontiac


The Hoffmans and Wasser, the dog
Woodcut of Barbara Hoffman, the captive Regina Hoffman, and their dog Wasser from the 1856 book titled Regina, The German Captive; or, True Piety Among the Lowly, by Rev. R. Weiser
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Colonel Henry Bouquet
Historic Carlisle Tavern Dinner
Held: Sunday, May 18 at 5pm
Location: Warm Springs Lodge, Landisburg
Located on Shermans Creek, at 601 Warm Springs Rd, Landisburg. Part of Cumberland County until 1820, this historic property was a retreat with therapeutic warm springs for over 100 years and was once owned by R.M. Henderson of Carlisle. Dinner will be on the porch and patio with view of the Creek. In case of inclement weather dinner will be inside the Lodge.
Guest: Mike Perry, Executive Director, Army Heritage Foundation will speak at 5:30 about plans for Army History Programs in our local area and national promotion of Army History
Cost: $33 per person

Tickets are available at St John's Episcopal, Orrstown Bank Stonehedge Branch, History on High on High Street, or from Bob Reitzel at 717-258-6583.
This is a BYOB event!

Four gentlemen of Carlisle
Each year, Historic Carlisle sponsors a Tavern Dinner to celebrate the history of the greater Carlisle area. These events have been a great success in the past, and provide an opportunity to meet with friends and neighbors in an historic setting. Please join us at our dinner. And if you have an interest in our community's history, please consider participating with us in our events. Full details of the Tavern dinner may be found on this pdf printable flyer!

2013 Events


Date: Monday, July 1 2013
Location: Downtown Historic Carlisle
(A PDF of the event script can be found here. Also see WGAL TV's Report of the Shelling of Carlisle!)
In commemoration of what is probably the single most significant and emotional event in the long, proud history of Carlisle, Historic Carlisle will present “The Shelling of Carlisle- July 1, 1863” on the 150th anniversary of the Shelling. On the evening of July 1, 1863, Confederate Cavalry forces, commanded by Major General JEB Stuart demanded the surrender of Carlisle and the Union forces, commanded by Union General William “Baldy” Smith. The confederate general threatened to subject the town to artillery fire if the town was not surrendered. “Baldy” Smith answered the challenge, “Shell Away and be Damned”!

In the course of about seven hours, some 130-140 artillery shells were fired on Carlisle by the Confederate forces from the east side of the town. Other southern troopers set fire to buildings at Carlisle Barracks and the Carlisle Gas Works. But the town and its defending Union soldiers held fast through the long night and by daybreak, the Confederate Cavalry had been recalled to join the Battle of Gettysburg, already in progress.

The Grand Commemoration will take place at 7:00 pm, the exact time when the shelling began in 1863. All four streets from the Square will be closed at 6:30. The Carlisle Town Band will perform before the ceremonies and program at 7:00. Military and civilian re-enactors, including both Confederate and Union artillery, infantry, Gen. Smith and Gen. Stuart, civilian “Home Guard”, and others will act out the story as it is narrated on a large PA system.

Following the 30 minute program, Historic Carlisle will conduct downtown tours of “Lee Calling Cards”. Interpreters in 19th attire will lead groups to sites in the immediate area which were scarred by the artillery shells. The tours will last about 70 minutes.

All events are free to the public.

President Lincoln
Stonewall Brigade Confederate Encampment
Date: May 24 through May 26
Location: Dickinson College Campus, Carlisle
Guests: The Stonewall brigade was formed in 1980 by the 4th Virginia Company A and the 33rd Virginia Company E. Since 1980 the 2nd Virginia Co. A, 2nd Virginia Co. E, 5th Virginia Co. A, 27th Virginia Co. C, 27th Virginia Co. D, 33rd Virginia Co. A, and 33rd Virginia Co. H have joined the brigade.
"We all have several things in common, a love of Civil War history and a desire to do things right. But most importantly we enjoy coming together 6 or 7 times each year being with our friends and putting on the best infantry impression that contemporary research and resources will allow."

President Lincoln
Civil War Tavern Dinner
Held: Saturday, February 9 at 5:30pm
Location: St John's Episcopal Church on the Square, Carlisle
Guest: President Abraham Lincoln (as portrayed by James Getty)
Cost: $30 per person

This is a BYOB event, WINE ONLY!

One of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania’s “most recognized” residents is nationally-renowned Lincoln actor and Lincoln historian, James A. Getty, who held the Tavern Dinner attendees spellbound as he talked about "his" life from his birth in Kentucky, through his childhood in Indiana, and his career in Illinois before becoming President of the United States.

Whether taking the stage in Gettysburg, or in cities and towns across the nation, James Getty captivates audiences of all ages with his award-winning interpretation of our country’s 16th President.

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2012 Events

An Evening with Dolley Madison
Date: Friday, September 28th at 7pm
Location: Cumberland County Historical Society, North Pitt Street, Carlisle
Performed by Miss Cynthia Janzen of American Historical Theatre
Cost: Free! but HCI welcomes donations for their very worthwhile events and projects.

Dolley Madison was born into a wealthy Quaker family who moved to Philadelphia to allow their daughter to be educated, perhaps at the Pine Street Meetinghouse. Dolley made great use of this education when President Thomas Jefferson, a widower, tapped her to fill the important, if unofficial, role of White House First Lady.

A natural hostess, Dolley was able to converse and entertain guests from the United States and Europe at White House events. She was particularly adept at pairing the most unlikely people and sparking discussion.

Dolley reprised this key role when her second husband, James Madison, became President. Her famous turban and feather acted as a lightning rod, enabling her 5’6” husband to find her in a crowd so they could compare notes and perspectives gleaned from their important guests.

For the last four years Cyndi Janzen has been portraying the remarkably affable and very intriguing Dolley Madison. Engagements have included the National Portrait Gallery, Mount Vernon, the National Archives, the Smithsonian and now the giddy heights of the Cumberland County Historical Society in downtown Historic Carlisle!

The Man
Miss Cynthia Janzen
Terry and Marie Hegglin
Miss Cynthia Janzen
HCI President Lyter and Dolley Madison

2011 Events

New Wayside Marker - St Patrick Church and Cemetery
Date: Sunday, September 18th
Location: St. Patrick Church, Pomfret Street, Carlisle
9amm - Unveiling of the new St Patrick Church and Cemetery Wayside Marker
Since its beginnings in 1779, St Patrick Church has provided a center for worship for the Roman Catholic Community in Carlisle. Its members have been integral to the development of Carlisle in many ways, and have fought and died for their beliefs and their country. The wayside marker celebrates and memorializes Saint Patrick Parish.
The Man

Benjamin Rush - The man and his life
Date: Friday, September 23rd
Location: Rubendall Recital Hall at the Weiss Center for the Arts, Dickinson College
7:10pm - Unveiling of the new Benjamin Rush Wayside Marker with Dickinson College President William Durden
7:30pm - Presentation Featuring Williamsburg historic interpreter, Sam Goodyear
Cost: Free! but HCI welcomes donations for their very worthwhile events and projects.

Featuring Sam Goodyear as Dr Benjamin Rush, this presentation will introduce you to one of the pivotal figures of American history. Dr Rush was a Representative to the Continental Congress, and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was Physician General of the Continental Army, and became Treasurer of the US Mint. He is widely regarded as the "Father of American Psychiatry", and is remembered here in Carlisle as the Founder of Dickinson College.
This presentation is jointly sponsored by: Historic Carlisle logo and CCHS Banner
The Man

2010 Events

The Lincoln-Douglas Debate - A House Divided….
Date: Saturday, September 25th
Location: Carlisle Theatre
12pm - Preview Mock Debate
7pm - Formal Presentation (Doors open at 6:15pm)
Cost: Free! but HCI welcomes donations for their very worthwhile events and projects.

Cumberland County CW 150th Logo
Featuring James Getty as Lincoln, and Tim Connor as Douglas, Historic Carlisle presents "The Lincoln-Douglas Debate". In 1858 Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate, and the incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, a Democratic Party candidate, were vying for a seat in the United States Senate. At the time, U.S. Senators were elected by state legislatures; thus Lincoln and Douglas were vying for their respective parties to win control of the Illinois legislature. The debates previewed the issues that Lincoln would face in the 1860 presidential election, and the main issue discussed in all seven debates was slavery.

This presentation is jointly sponsored by: Army Heritage Center Foundation logo and Army Heritage Center Foundation logo
(PA Teachers: ACT 48 Credit for attending)
The debate

Summerfair Tours.
Date: Monday, July 5th
Location: Downtown Carlisle Civil War Locations

2011 will see the start of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (or War Between the States, or War of Northern Aggression, dependent upon your sympathies). During Carlisle Summerfair this year, HCI held a short Service of Remembrance for the fallen of Cumberland County, during which the names of the dead were read out, including that of Leo W. Faller, great-uncle of Mary Faller Duxbury who was one of the readers. After the service, members of HCI took up positions at locations around Carlisle, and talked of their Civil War significance to groups of onlookers.
Rifle Salute

Rifle Salute
The Hegglin Collection
The Canon Reverend Mark Scheneman of St John's on the Square conducts the Service of Remembrance, and Ret. Colonel Terry Hegglin displays and discusses his extensive collection of Civil War equipment and memorabilia.
The Honor Guard
The Honor Guard stand with bowed heads during the Service of Remembrance, and Judge Merle (Skip) Ebert stands at the location of the old Market House.
The Ebert Oration
Rifle Salute
Rifle Salute
Paul Myers talks of the Civil War significance of the Railway which ran down the center of High Street, pointing out the location of the station to a group of walkers led by Donna Myers. Jim Flower stands at the spot where the four Companies of men assembled before marching off to war.

2009 Events

An evening of Colonial music, dance and pleasurable diversions.
Date: Saturday, September 26
Location: At the Sign of the Green Tree Tavern (Jacob's Resting Place)

Tickets: $5
For details, contact Marie Hegglin at Jacob's Resting Place, 717-243-1766
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The Market at Washingtonburg September 18-20
Location: Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC)
Held: Friday, September 18, through SundaySeptember 20, HCI members assisted as guides for School Days visitors. Over the three days more than 11,000 visitors came to AHEC for this event!
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Jefferson & Adams

Held: Saturday, September 19
Location: Carlisle Theater, Carlisle, PA
Hours: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE (Tickets in Colonial Williamsburg are $12 each)

Jefferson & Adams Silhouettes
Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play, written by Howard Ginsberg and based on his original play, is the moving and powerful dramatization of the remarkable friendship between two Presidents of the United States--with the forthright Mrs. Adams always playing a major role.
In a fast-paced series of encounters, we saw the turbulent relationship between Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter Bill Barker) and John Adams (by veteran interpreter Sam Goodyear) as their friendship ignites, flourishes, ruptures, and resolves itself. The ever-perceptive Abigail Adams (Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter Abigail Schumann) acts as catalyst and motivator while steadfastly maintaining her own beliefs.
The lives of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were so intertwined with the fate of America that by extraordinary coincidence--or was it an act of will?--both men died on the same day, on July 4th, on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The play spans 50 years of their friendship starting in the early days of the Republic, extending through two wars with England, and on through their vigorous retirement. They continually clash over foreign entanglements, domestic politics, and the proper role of federal government--debates which continue to this day. More than 800 people saw this performance, the largest audience ever for this Williamsburg Production!

"Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play"
Presented by Historic Carlisle Inc.
Produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in association with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation
Thanks also to
Historical Society
Jefferson & Adams On Stage
Summerfair - Candlelight Tours of the Army Heritage Trail

Held: July 6
Location: Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA
Hours: 6:30
Cost: FREE

Walk the paths of the Army Heritage Trail and relive the stories of military history with portrayals of local soldiers and their families.

Click this link for an AHEC Location Map in Adobe pdf Format

Army Heritage Trail
Part of the Army Heritage Trail

An Evening with President Theodore Roosevelt

Held: June 25
Location: Old Cumberland County Courthouse, Carlisle, PA
Hours: 7:30
Cost: FREE

Teddy Roosevelt
In the Courtroom of the historic Old Courthouse on Carlisle's square, Joe Wiegand entertained a standing-room-only audience with his reprisal of President Theodore Roosevelt. As a one man theater show, Joe's T.R. shares stories full of adventure, laughter and inspiration.
We all enjoyed Roosevelt’s adventures as rancher, Rough Rider and father of six in the White House as we relived the establishment of America's great National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Wildlife Reserves.
Joe regaled us with the amazing stories of the frail young boy who built his body and dedicated himself to the Vigorous Life and the Square Deal. From bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon, T.R.'s delightful stories came to life, and at the end President Theodore Roosevelt (for we had by then suspended all disbelief) was given a standing ovation by the assembled crowd!
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French & Indian War 250th Commemoration Event
Dedication of the Forbes Trail Medallion

On October 18 at 5pm, the members of Historic Carlisle, led by Fr Mark Scheneman, dedicated the Forbes Trail Medallion.

Skip Ebert
The Colcom Foundation of Pittsburgh provided funding for this and six other medallions, located at the gateway towns on the Forbes Trail as part of the foundation’s overall support of Pittsburgh 250th celebration.
Mark Scheneman
“These markers commemorate General John Forbe’s epic passage across Pennsylvania. Creation of the Forbes Trail tested the ingenuity and persistence of our forebears,” said John F. Rohe, Vice-President of Philanthropy, Colcom Foundation. “The trail imparts shared gratitude for the past, a sense of place for the present and a path to the future as we imagine what we can do here.”
HCI Members

An evening of Colonial music, dance and pleasurable diversions.
At the Sign of the Green Tree Tavern

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On October 18, the members of Historic Carlisle enjoyed an evening of revelry hosted by the Hegglins at Jacob's Resting Place B&B (aka the Green Tree Tavern)

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French & Indian War 250th Commemoration Event
Candlelight Tours of Colonial Carlisle

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On July 7, the members of Historic Carlisle acted as colonial guides and led groups of visitors
through the streets of historic Carlisle visiting French & Indian War era sites and landmarks.

Black boys Martha May, Camp Follower
James Smith, whose murder trial included
forensic evidence!
Martha May - a camp follower.

French & Indian War 250th Commemoration Event
Forbes Encampment at Carlisle 1758

In May of 1758, Brigadier General John Forbes launched a campaign to seize Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) from French forces. General Forbes mustered troops in Carlisle and carved a road west (on what is now known as the Forbes Trail) for this historic victory.

Relive the encampment of the 18th century troops in Carlisle as British and Colonial reenactment units bivouac for two days. Meet Gen John Forbes and witness the muster and drilling of troops, sick call, camp life and campfire cooking, children's puppet show, etc. In the evening, enjoy the music and merriment as colonial dancers demonstrate their intricate steps. Colonial services Sunday at the camp.

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77th Regiment of Foote, Montgomery's Highlanders, Grenadier Company
77th Regiment of Foote, Montgomery's Highlanders, Light Infantry
MaryLand Forces, Dagworthy's
Captain Trent's Company
Augusta Battalion, Pennsylvania Provincials
Roger's Rangers
Donegal Riflemen (including Native Americans)
The Pennsylvania German Regiment
Weiser's Battalion, Pennsylvania Provincials

F&I Highlanders
F&I cannon
Took place: June 7 & 8 - See the photographs!

Forbes Trail Travel Guide
Gateways and Getaways Along the Legendary Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh

by Burton K. Kummerow, Christine H. O’Toole, and R. Scott Stephenson
Rowman & Littlefield, July 2008

Historic Carlisle and The Sentinel introduced the Forbes Trail Travel Guide, a beautifully illustrated, full-color history and descriptive guide to the route taken by General Forbes across Pennsylvania. The author and historian, Burton Kummerow introduced the book at a premiere and book signing.

The book is available at Whistlestop Bookshop, Cumberland County Historical Society, and the Carlisle House B&B

Event took place: June 5

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Events prior to 2008

Morse as Douglass 2007 Annual Presentation and Celebration
Frederick Douglass Revisits Carlisle

"The saying of the poet that "The proper study of mankind is man," and which has been the starting point of so many lectures, essays and speeches, holds its place, like all other great utterances, because it contains a great truth and a truth alike for every age and generation of man." Extracted from Frederick Douglass's 1872 Address Before the Students of the Indian Industrial School - Carlisle, Pa entitled "SELF-MADE MEN".

2006 Annual Presentation and Celebration
Ike and Mamie Eisenhower visit Carlisle with USO Dance and Show

St Johns on the Square

Sommerfield as Washington 2005 Annual Presentation and Celebration
The Return of George Washington

In October 2005, President George Washington (in the guise of Bill Sommerfield) returned to Carlisle to muster the troops ready to quash the Whiskey Rebellion. While here he met and enjoyed conversation with a variety of local luminaries.

Read 'The Sentinel' coverage 10/15/05

2004 Annual Presentation and Celebration
President Lincoln in Carlisle

President Lincoln and Mrs Faller talk after she has read to him a letter from her son John informing the family of his brother Leo's untimely death during the battle at Antietam.

Lincoln and Mary Faller Duxbury

Historic Carlisle, Inc. is a non-profit corporation.
Its mission is to recognize and promote the history of Carlisle and Cumberland County.
The mission is accomplished through annual presentations and celebrations, educational programs,
the Carlisle Civil War Building Plaque Program, and the installation of Wayside Markers.

Historic Carlisle Inc. P.O. Box 1211 Carlisle, PA 17013-1211

Some photographs courtesy of and Copyright of Judith E. Shunk
E-mail: webmaster@historiccarlisle.com
Webmaster: Alan Duxbury

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