Cumberland County: An Architectural Survey

Price: $36.00


Nancy Van Dolsen, Cumberland County Historical Society 1990

ISBN 418740006859 $36.00 342 pages Spiral Bound

Cumberland County: An Architectural Survey presents a tour of significant architecture in each municipality in the county. You will see and read about late eighteenth-century stone farm houses, elegant Federal-era town houses, ornate Victorian mansions, brick-end barns, log grist mills and much, much more.

The result of a four-year architectural survey sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, this book presents in lay terms a thematic history of the pre-1940 architecture in Cumberland County. It feature more than 200 illustrations, including contemporary black and white photographs, historic photographs and floor plans, of some of the county’s most significant historic buildings and structures.

In the opening three chapters you will encounter a concise history of the county’s architecture. You will learn about the historic and economic context for the development of architectural styles and forms. The next 30 chapters focus on the county’s boroughs and townships. Each chapter follows a theme concentrating on a building type or time period that is revealed through that area’s historic architecture. You will see iron furnaces in Cooke Township, twentieth-century residences in Camp Hill, federal-era buildings in Carlisle, mills of Hampden Township, and log buildings in Newville. Ornate Victorian mansions are featured in the Mechanicsburg chapter, and late nineteenth-century commercial buildings are the focus of the Shippensburg chapter.

Cumberland County: An Architectural Survey sets the standard for books on historic architecture in Pennsylvania.

Table of contents:



Chapter 1 1750-1825 “The Inhabitants are generally Irish, and a few Germans”

Chapter 2: 1825-1900 “Move Toward a Better Life”

Chapter 3 1900-1940 “Where town joins country… between city and fam lands”


Camp Hill, Twentieth-century residential architecture

Carlisle, The Federal era

Cooke Township, Iron furnaces

Dickinson Township, Frame bank barns

East Pennsboro Township, Railroads

Frankford Townships: Lower & Upper, Long barns

Hampden Township, Mills

Hopewell Township, Covered bridges

Lemoyne, Twentieth-century apartment buildings

Lower Allen Township, Eighteenth-century stone houses

Mechanicsburg, The Victorian era

Middlesex Township, An eighteenth-century brick house

Mifflin Townships: Lower & Upper, Log buildings

Monroe Township, Brick-end barns

Mount Holly Springs, Industrial and architecture, the yellow brick of Mount Holly

Newburg, Brick-cased log houses

New Cumberland, Twentieth-century commercial buildings

Newton Townships North & South, Public school buildings

Newville, Log houses, 1790-1820

North Middleton Township, An eighteenth-century stone house and cemetery

Penn Township, Rural villages

Shippensburg Borough & Township, Late nineteenth-century commercial buildings

Shiremanstown, Mid-nineteenth century vernacular buildings

Silver Spring Township, Federal fam houses with attached kitchens

Southampton Township, Mid-nineteenth century farm houses

South Middleton Township, Nineteenth-century tenant houses

Upper Allen Township, Rural houses and the transformation of the landscape, 1840-1890

West Fairview, Artisan’s and worker’s houses

West Pennsboro Township, Stone bank barns

Wormleysburg, The Pennsylvania farmhouse style