Tour Group
CCHS 2018 Ireland Tour

Dates: September 27 – October 7, 2018

Join the CCHS tour of Ireland in 2018 exploring parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ancient East. While traveling Ireland learn Limerick’s history on the Angela’s Ashes Walking Tour, learn Waterford’s ancient history and Viking connection on a historic walking tour, and delve into Dublin on your guided tour. Enjoy an Irish Coffee at the place it originated and experience a jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park.

In addition to the above visits the price includes: 9 nights hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, and 5 dinners with overnight stays in Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, and Dublin. Airfare and roundtrip transportation to and from the airport.

Learn more HERE.


Bus Trips


Mother Cumberland Bus Tour with Janet Taylor

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Janet will lead a trip through Franklin County to the Conococheague Institute and the Renfrew Museum & Park for a guided tour of each facility.  We will plan to have lunch at Flannery’s in Mercersburg (cost of lunch is on your own and not included in the bus fee.)  We are leaving the Two Mile House at 8:30 a.m.  Cost: $80/member; $95/nonmember (fee includes admission to both museums.)
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Cumberland Railway Company Bus Trip with Randy Watts

Please note that this tour is currently full. Please contact Lynda Mann at or via phone at 717-249-7610 to be added to a wait list or to check availability.

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Join us for a fascinating tour of the trolley lines operated by the Cumberland Railway Company.  The first part of our journey will follow the tracks of the Holly Trolley from Carlisle to the terminus of the line at Mount Holly Park.  At the park we’ll take a short walking tour of the park and point out the locations of the roller coaster, merry-go-round, Lithia Springs, dance pavilion, bowling alley and other features of the park.  After we tour the park we’ll stop for lunch at the Holly Inn, where Patricio Russ, the business mogul who built the line used to entertain friends.  Lunch is on your own and not included in the bus fee.  After lunch we’ll return to Carlisle and follow the trolley line to Newville, pointing out several trolley related landmarks along the way.  Our tour will stop at the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails station near the site of the old Newville train station and we’ll take a brief look at the site and where the trolleys stopped.  On our way back to Carlisle we’ll stop and look at the power substation that supplied the Newville trolley line – now the West Pennsboro Township office.  We are leaving the Two Mile House promptly at 10 a.m.   Cost: $60/member; $75/nonmember


Bus Trip Regulations

  1. Early sign up for bus trips is important.
  2. No refunds will be made unless:
  • Historical Society cancels the trip due to insufficient registration.
  • A waiting list is available to fill vacancies. If no waiting list is available, those who wish to cancel are responsible to find a replacement or forfeit payment.
  1. Please be prompt for departure times. Buses will be held no more than 10 minutes.


Historic Properties and Preservation Tour     

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017 12 – 5 PM        

CCHS will again sponsor a tour of historic properties.  This year the tour will focus on properties to the south and east of Carlisle.  The self-driving tour will give participants the opportunity to see a variety of types of buildings on the register.  In addition, an optional bus tour is available so you can leave the driving to us.  The self-driving tour costs $20 per ticket or $25 on tour day.  The bus tour is $85 per person.  For more information call 717-249-7610.
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Walking Tours



One Block, 300 Years of Cumberland County History Tour

Dates: September 25, 2017 6:00 PM
The first block of W. High Street is full of history and stories, some accurate, some not. This walking tour between Pitt and Hanover Streets discusses some of the highlights of the County’s history. This includes famous people like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, President Grant, and Geronimo. We will also hear about significant events in our Country’s history including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Along the way we will look for passing trains, trolley cars and flying cannonballs as Cumberland County’s history comes alive.
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Charles Salyards and the Murder of Officer George Martin Walking Tour

Dates: Saturday, October, 7, 2017 10:15 AM

This walk traces the footsteps of Officer Martin from the police station at the square to the site of the shooting on South Bedford Street.  The walk will stop at several key places to discuss the testimony of witnesses in the case.  This walk provides some interesting insights into Carlisle in the 1890s.  Meet in lobby of Historical Society.
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Camp Michaux Walking Tour

Dates: Saturday, November 11, 2017 1 PM

David Smith will lead the popular Camp Michaux walking tour of the old Bunker Hill Farm; Pine Grove Furnace CCC Camp; Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp; and finally the United Church of Christ & United Presbyterian Church Camp.  Meet at the furnace in Pine Grove State Park.
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Self Guided Camp Michaux Walking Tour

For over ten years, the Cumberland County Historical Society has supported the development of increased understanding of the history of a site in Cooke Township known as Camp Michaux.  The site had been used as a farm associated with the iron industry from 1787-1912, and then as a farm leased by the state from 1913-1919.  in 1933 the site became the first Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Pennsylvania operated on State land and continued to function until 1942.  In 1943, the U.S. Army converted the CCC facility for use as a secret interrogation camp for enemy German and Japanese prisoners of war, on of only three such sites in the country.  After WWII, the facility was renovated and operated by Camp Michaux, Inc., a joint effort of the United Church of Christ and the United Presbyterian Church, as a youth summer camp.

CCHS has supported increasing accurate knowledge about the history of the site by offering twice annual tours of the site conducted by now retired librarian David L. Smith.  They also published a book by John P. Bland entitled Secret War at Home:  The Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp.  In 2010, the Society, in partnership with Michaux State Forest, received a grant from the Community Conservation Partnership Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to improve accessibility to the site and bring increased recognition regarding its history.

The grant project, entitled Camp Michaux Recognition and Development has three main goals.  Under the leadership of David Smith, the project has secured an official State Historical Marker for the site which will be dedicated in July of 2011.  Trails have been opened at the camp and individual sites cleared to make them more visible to the public.  A self-guided walking tour book has been written.  The book is keyed to numbered posts that have been erected throughout the former camp.  The book is available for downloading below.  The third goal of the project is to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination process for this phase of the project is still in progress.

Click here for a pdf of the Camp Michaux Self-Guided Walking Tour

Bunker Hill Farm
Pine Grove Furnace CCC Camp
Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp
Church Camp Michaux

by David L. Smith, Director

Camp Michaux Recognition and Development Project

Cumberland County Historical Society


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