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Visitor Information

Steeped in history, Carlisle is a wonderful town to visit and to walk around. It is also one of the most vibrant towns in South Central Pennsylvania with lots of events and activities from which you can choose.

Here are a few of the most useful links if you are planning a visit to our fair city!

Carlisle House B&B 1914 For lodging, it is difficult to beat a historic Inn. The Carlisle House, a Select Registry inn in the downtown Historic area, dates from 1826 and is just a block and a half from the Old Courthouse which was damaged by J.E.B. Stuart's artillery on July 1, 1863. The six rooms and four suites provide a perfect stay in a historic ambience with thoroughly modern amenities.

Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast’s family room area was once the "Summer Kitchen" and was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. It was under the wood floor that runaway slaves hid while trying to escape to freedom. Pheasant Field is just about 3 miles out of town

A little further afield is 30 Timber Road B&B, their Williamsburg-style home is designed with architectural details typically found in historic colonial homes.

All of their guest rooms have been designed with utmost comfort and pampering at the forefront, having luxurious king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. For your convenience in-room refrigerators and microwaves are in all rooms. High Definition (HD) TVs are equipped with cable connection.

Of course all of these Bed & Breakfasts will provide you with awesome breakfasts carefully designed to be acceptable to any dietary restrictions you may have.

Pheasant Field B&B

30 Timber Road

We have an amazing number of eating places in Carlisle, and you can find a comprehensive list at this webpage.

General tourism information can be found at the Visitors Bureau website and specific Carlisle information can be found on LoveCarlisle.com.

Carlisle also has one of the most interesting Historical Societies in the country - forward-looking as well, given its website HistoricalSociety.com!

Dickinson College was the first college founded after the revolutionary war, and is thus the oldest (wholly) United States College. Dickinson College For history buffs (and why else would you be reading this?) Dickinson also has the Largest Private Collection of Joseph Priestley material in America.

The United States Army has a very special relationship with Carlisle, with military connections back to 1756. In 1758 Carlisle was the place from where General Sir John Forbes cut a new route through the mountains to take Fort Duquesne from the French. The 2008 re-enactments of the Forbes Encampment can be found here! But also, take some time to visit the US Army Heritage and Education Center and the Heritage Trail.


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
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