Cumberland County Register of Historic Places
The Cumberland County Historical Society established the Cumberland County Register of Historic Places to identify resources that contribute to the county’s rich and diverse historical and architectural landscape.
The program promotes awareness of the county’s architectural heritage, fosters pride in communities, and encourages good stewardship practices.
The Cumberland County Register of Historic Places includes buildings, structures, districts, and sites which, through a professional review process, have been determined to possess sufficient local significance in the history, architecture, and/or culture to deserve recognition. In addition to recognizing the importance of these locations, the Register also increases accessibility to and expands the CCHS’s archives.
How Do Properties Qualify?
Properties must retain certain essential historical architectural qualities and be at least 50 years old.
Categories of Eligibility:
- Significant Historical Events: The property was the site of an event significant to our county’s history.
- Significant Historical Persons: The property was associated with people who made a significant contribution to our county’s history.
- Architectural Significance: The building exhibits and retains architectural details for the time period for which it is nominated
Properties placed on the Cumberland County Register of Historic Places are entitled to display the 10 in. x 7 in. bronze plaque that indicates the location’s listing on the Register. Each plaque shows the year of construction to reflect the history of each location. The plaques are available for an additional fee.
Properties currently listed on CCHS’ County Register of Historic Places
- Letort Star Masonic Lodge
- Union Fire Company
- Weiss House
- Rev. Wenger House
- George Kline Print Shop
- I.O.O.F. Building
- Lincoln Colored Cemetery
- George E. and Ann K. Hoffer Home
- Weakley / Barnitz Mill
- Old Line Cemetery
- Rockey’s School
- Houck/Martin/Raudabaugh Farm
East Pennsboro Township
- Enola Miller House / Miller Longsdorf House
- Mill owners house at Oyster Mill
- Jonas Rupp House
- Hope United Methodist Church
- Bink/Grove House
Lower Allen Township
- Sheepford Road Bridge
Lower Frankford Township
- George Snider House and Barn
Lower Mifflin Township
- Daniel Barrick House
- Wilson/Sharp House
- Church of the Brethren
- Kohler / Hummel Building (Walker Realty)
- Twin Springs
- Joshua Myers House / Trindle Farm
Mount Holly Springs
- Barbara Redmond House
- Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church
- Sylvanus Mayberry House
- Amelia Givin Library
- Herron Cottage
North Middleton Township
- Creekside/Watts House
North Newton / West Pennsboro Townships
- Toll Gate Bridge
- Claudy/Avery Farm
- Plough and Sheaf of Wheat Tavern
- Weakley Tavern / Walnut Bottom Tavern
- The Etter House
- Hogestown Chapel
- Mt. Pleasant Farm
- Oliverian Conquest
- Culbertsonia House
- Craighead House
- Ramsey House
- Baer/Woodburn House
- Jacob Wise (Windmill House)
Upper Allen Township
- Lincoln Cemetery
West Pennsboro Township
- Pleasant View, The Reifsnyder / Webster-Morgan House
- Rev. Joshua Williams House
- Stonehurst / McCullough’s Folly
- George Lefever (LeFevre) House
- Diller Heishman Mill
William Foshag Preservation Award
The 2023 William Preservation Award is presented to Jim Leonard, Barbara Gertzen, and the Historical Society of East Pennsboro (HSEP). This group has worked tirelessly for many years to preserve the historic Enola Miller House in the township. Through their efforts, the house was purchased from the new owners of the property, and arrangements were made to move it to a new location. The building is now securely in its new location, and efforts are underway to restore the building. A new historical society building will be built adjacent to the house and will become the new home of the Historical Society of East Pennsboro. Jim has retired from his position at Enola Yard and now serves as Executive Director of HSEP. Barbara is a local resident and has actively supported efforts to preserve the house for many years.
Randy Heishman and his family – the current owners of the Heishman’s Mill. Randy’s efforts have taken the work begun by Will Foshag to the next level. The mill today looks much as it did when Randy’s great grandfather last operated the mill in the 1950s. He is also credited with the restoration of the Weakley Tavern in Penn Township. Both of these preservation efforts exhibit the highest quality of restoration techniques.
Friends of Sheepford Road Bridge – This group of local preservationists, led by Janice Lynx, has worked tirelessly to preserve the bridge between Cumberland and York Counties on Sheepford Road. Janice and the group have worked with both the Cumberland and York County Commissioners to gain their support for the project. They applied for and were granted placement on the Cumberland County Register of Historic Places. A well-planned event was held with media coverage to recognize placement of the bridge on the register. Subsequently, grant funding has been sought to further develop plans for preservation of the bridge.
The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy – for their continuous work to promote the intersections of preservation and conservation in our region. In particular, their work at the Letort Preserve to preserve the barn, rebuild the spring house, and interpret the landscape has shown that the natural and built environments can work together to tell a fuller picture of our County’s history and heritage.
Congratulations to the 2019 Cumberland County Preservation Awardees!
- Mt Holly Springs History Collaborative
- Mt Tabor Preservation Project
2019’s Cumberland County Preservation Awards Reception was a not-so-secret Speakeasy, held in the historic Odd Fellow’s Hall in downtown Carlisle. Guests learned about the current Watch List Properties and were introduced to two additions, the Scott Farm and the Junkin House. Two Preservation Awards were given to the Mt Holly Springs History Collaborative for their work to foster a sense of place through history, and to the Mt Tabor Preservation Project for their efforts to preserve the history of the Mt Tabor AME Zion Church in Mt Holly Springs.
- Allenberry Resort
- Craighead House
- Creative Building Concepts
CCHS’ inaugural Preservation Award were presented in May 2018 as part of our Personal Stories of Preservation: An Interactive Evening at CCHS. Representatives and community members told stories on the importance of protecting and preserving our historic sites. The four sites highlighted this year include, Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church, Barntiz Mill, Hogestown, and the Peiffer Arboretum
The Roundtable meets every other month.
In 2017, community members created statements from over 1000 stories collected by Greater Carlisle’s Heart & Soul Project. Five community statements, and two focused on our region’s historic and and natural resources:
* Our communities have a pride of place because of our region’s rich history, the aesthetic beauty of our small towns, and agricultural heritage are integral parts of our lives today and tomorrow.
* We love our mix of agricultural landscapes, including public lakes, streams, trails, and forests.
These shared values of region spurred CCHS to convene a County-wide Preservation Roundtable, bringing together individuals and organizations interested in preserving and protecting Cumberland County’s cultural resources. The Roundtable acts as a forum to discuss preservation across the County and is open to anyone.
Preservation Opportunities Watchlist
To help promote preservation practice and highlight opportunities for preservation in the County, the Preservation Roundtable, with help from Preservation Pennsylvania, developed the Cumberland County Preservation Opportunities Watchlist. The first application round started in early 2018 and 7 sites were submitted and selected to the Watchlist by a committee of Roundtable members. CCHS will work with each site throughout the year to provide assistance and promote and share their preservation story with Cumberland County residents.