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Historic Wayside Markers Project

In 1994, Historic Carlisle Celebration, Inc (now called Historic Carlisle, Inc.) was formed to promote Carlisle's history through education and awareness. In 2002, Historic Carlisle Inc. and the Borough of Carlisle partnered to initiate the Carlisle Wayside Marker Project using interpretive signage to honor and preserve Carlisle's rich historical past for the enjoyment and education of Carlisle's residents and visitors alike. The Wayside Markers tell the story of Carlisle's people, buildings and historic sites and events.

One recent marker installed, commemorates abolitionist Frederick Douglass's visit to Carlisle in 1872, when he stopped for the night at the Bentz House, now called the Wellington.
The marker can be seen here.

In 2004, the Historic Carlisle, Inc. Wayside Marker Project was honored by the White House when Carlisle was designated a Preserve America Community.

Preserve America logo
The printable brochure will assist you on a self-guided tour of the Wayside Markers through the streets and byways of Carlisle’s Historic District and beyond.


First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church Wayside Marker dedicated October 24, 2009 in Conjunction with the 275th Anniversary of the Church

Old West
Wayside Marker at Dickinson College, Old West

Carlisle Indian Conference of 1753
Wayside Marker commemorating Ben Franklin's presence at
the Carlisle Indian Conference in September and October 1753

Carlisle Train Station
Wayside Marker remembering the Carlisle Train Station
and the train that rolled down the center of High Street
for 99 years from 1837.

Carlisle Theatre
The Carlisle Theatre Wayside Marker

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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