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5 Historical Things to Do in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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5 Historic Things to Do in Carlisle

Picture of Cannon during Reenactment of Shelling of Carlisle

With summer coming up, and it’s fast coming, we know you’re looking for family friendly experiences. With three family friendly rooms, ranging from $120 to $250 and from simple two bed rooms to full suites with kitchens and washers, we are the perfect place to stop for some historic fun. Our favorite things to do are…


  1. 160th Anniversary Re-Enactment of the Shelling of Carlisle –  The 160th Anniversary Re-Enactment of the Shelling of Carlisle is coming up. There will be walking tours, musical performances and military demonstrations. The celebration will be two blocks away from our house.
  2. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School- Located in the Carlisle Barracks, now the U.S. Army War College, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was the first U.S. government off-reservation to enroll students from virtually every Native American Nation. Many buildings from there are still standing and there is a cemetery. It is located just a five minute drive away from the house 
  3. Walking Tour of Carlisle – A fun adventure in Carlisle is going on a walking tour of Carlisle. With so much rich history in downtown Historical Carlisle, these tours are a great way to see Carlisle, take a walk and learn a little. 
  4. Barefoot Historian – The Barefoot Historian is one of our gems in Carlisle. Located on High Street, just blocks away from our house, the Barefoot Historian is a great way to learn some history. From private tours around Carlisle to dress up and conversations about history, the Barefoot Historian is such a personal way to get to know a little history.
  5. Dickinson College – Dickinson College is the first college established in the new United States of America, founded by Benjamin Rush. Benjamin Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and prepared the charter for Dickinson College in 1783. Dickinson College has a statue of Benjamin Rush and many plaques around campus that highlight the school’s history. 


Image of Plague on Historic Walking Tour of Carlisle