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.
Nomination form available here.
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
- Weakley / Barnitz Mill
- Old Line Cemetery
- Rockey’s School
East Pennsboro Township
- Enola Miller House
- Mill owners house at Oyster Mill
- Jonas Rupp House
- Hope United Methodist Church
Lower Allen Township
- Sheepford Road Bridge
Lower Frankford Township
- George Snider House
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
North Middleton Township
- Creekside/Watts House
North Newton / West Pennsborough Townships
- Toll Gate Bridge
- Claudy/Avery Farm
- Plough and Sheaf of Wheat Tavern
- Weakley Tavern / Walnut Bottom Tavern
- Hogestown Church
- Craighead House
Upper Allen Township
- Lincoln Cemetery
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.