Celebrate with us and enjoy this video which highlights the journey of the Red Land Little League team in this Commemorative Issue of West Shore Connect!
Don’t call it Ski Roundtop—it’s Roundtop Mountain Resort.
The original name of the Lewisberry ski area used to make perfect sense, but that was before Roundtop became a four-season destination. Each spring, even as pockets of snow still cling to the slopes, Roundtop begins to transform itself into a place for warm-weather fun. Visitors will soon be rolling down a hill in water-filled OGO Balls, soaring 40 feet above the ground on the zip lines of the Vertical Trek, facing the challenges of the ropes course, or pitting themselves against others in paintball games. Kids will come to Roundtop for the summer Adventure Camps that combine various activities. And all of this will happen without the need for a single flake of snow.
“Winter’s still our bread and butter,” says Chris Dudding, Roundtop’s marketing director, but clearly things have changed since the days when Roundtop shut down once skiing ended. “Basically we just closed the doors and said, ‘See you in October.’”
Dudding, who lives in Dillsburg, had worked at Roundtop as a ski instructor before pulling up stakes and heading west. He was working at California’s Mammoth Mountain when his old employers tracked him down with a job offer. “I still don’t know how they found me,” he says, but he jumped at the opportunity. (Roundtop, founded in 1964 by Irving S. Naylor—still its owner—is part of Snow Time, Inc., of York, which also owns and operates Liberty Mountain Resort and Whitetail Resort.)
Dudding was back at Roundtop when the resort began to branch out from winter sports back in 1995. It started with paintball, the mock-combat game where players shoot each other with blobs of color. Things started slowly, admits Dudding, until management discovered the key to success—birthdays. “We went to Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, set up a booth, and said, ‘Hey, this is a great place for birthday parties,’ and the thing just blew up,” Dudding relates. Today the paintball facility, which sits off in the woods beside the top parking lot, actually remains in operation year round. Participants can wield their weapons on a number of different fields, including the original D-Day field, a wild west town, and a wooden fort.
The next step in Roundtop’s evolution was the ropes course, which opened in 2004. Intended as something corporations could use for team building exercises, the series of climbing and balancing challenges soon became popular with local schools that used it for their students, and student athletes. “We have a lot of school districts where they bring the whole sixth grade or the whole eighth grade for team building to get them into their new school, that kind of thing,” says Dudding. Although companies do use the ropes course, Dudding estimates that about 75% of its business comes from high schools and colleges. “It’s completely different from what we expected, but it’s still working well.”
The year 2009, Dudding says, was when things really took off. That’s when Roundtop introduced Mountain Adventures, a summer program where kids of various ages could take advantage of the resort’s numerous offerings. Depending on the program, campers might use the Vertical Trek with its zip lines, Tarzan swings, canopies and bridges; the OGO Balls; the Cedar Maze, the bumper boats, and all the various climbing structures. “The Camps just sort of tie it all together,” says Dudding. “Not only does it bring kids here to try all the stuff, but once they’ve been here they want to come back with their families.” It’s certainly a healthy alternative to video games.
If there’s a star of the Adventure camps, it’s the OGO Balls. Imagine a combination of an oversized hamster ball and a water slide—with the water slide inside the ball. Riders climb into a central, water-filled chamber inside the big plastic balls, and then slip and slide as the balls roll downhill. Aside from Roundtop, only two other places in the United States are licensed to use them—one in Tennessee and one in Massachusetts, Roundtop has six of the balls for regular use, and a couple of extras. The most popular ones are the water-filled H2OGO Balls, the ones with the water. Those with stronger stomachs can try an IGO Ball, in which the riders are strapped in and rotate along with the ball—even if it means hanging upside down. “It’s the kind of thing where people do it once and go, ‘I’m glad I did it but I don’t need to do it again,’” Dudding admits.
The success of Mountain Adventures sparked the creation of week-long Adventure Camps, which now attract about 1,000 kids a season. “That all came about because we were thinking, ‘We have all these buildings sitting empty, we have paintball and the ropes course and Mountain Adventures and the Vertical Trek and we’ve got all this great stuff to do–wouldn’t this make a great summer camp?’” Dudding says. Roundtop offered its first camps over two weeks in 2009. This year it will have seven weeks of camps for kids from 8 to 17.
Overnight camps started up about three years ago, with the ski school rooms converted into bunkhouses, and the day-care nursery into a game room. Dudding says the overnights draw people from further away, such as Washington and Philadelphia. There were even a couple of kids from Sweden last year.
The 2015 summer season opens on May 23 and will close the first weekend in September, except for the Vertical Trek, which will remain open until November. “The zip lines work really well in the fall because of the leaves changing, and it’s cooler out, and we found it actually stays popular right through the fall, “says Dudding. While the summer operations don’t match the scale of the ski season—there are around 250 summer employees versus the 1,000 or so who work winters—it’s definitely a change from the days when business stopped at the end of ski season. “I can remember pulling in here in July and it’s a ghost town,” Dudding says of the old days of Ski Roundtop. “Now you pull in and there are people all over the place. It’s fun.”
For over 10 years, Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill has been holding free Summer Concerts on the Lawn. Featuring a wide range of music, there is always something for everyone and this year is no different. The line-up for 2015 is as follows:
Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drums
Thursday, June 11 at 7:00pm
Returning for their ninth summer concert at Fredricksen, Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra kicks-off the 2015 Summer Concerts on the Lawn with a dynamic evening as they bring a touch of the Caribbean to the library. This stunning group, named Baltimore’s official steel drum band, is masters of the steel drum.
Amber Waves Band
Monday, 7/6/2015 at 7:00pm
New to the concert series this year is the Amber Waves Band. Taking audiences on a tour of modern and historical folk sounds, they bring an exciting mix of acoustic music, including the sounds of Celtic, Old English, Colonial American, Bluegrass, and Gospel, as well as their own original music.
Greater Harrisburg Concert Band
Thursday, 7/23/2015 at 7:00 pm
The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band has been delighting audiences of all ages with many of the area’s very best musicians united in one outstanding ensemble. Dr. William Stowman – the band’s director – keeps listeners engaged with his unique blend of knowledge and wit. This is the eighth time they have performed on the library’s Lawn!
Shea Quinn & Friends – Totally 80s!
Monday, August 3 at 7:00pm
Shea Quinn & friends had an exciting library debut in 2014 and they will again wrap-up our Concerts on the Lawn with a night of favorites from the 80s. It promises to be a night of great music and even greater fun!
Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor shows on the west lawn of the library. All concerts are approximately one hour and snacks and beverages will be sold during the events or bring your own. This year’s concerts are sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation. For more information, including rain dates, visit www.fredricksenlibrary.org
100 N. 19th Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
It’s not too early to make plans for young minds to be active over the summer months. YWCA Carlisle will offer eight different themed weeks of activities to keep preschoolers active and engaged in a fun, safe and clean learning environment. Camps are held weekly Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting June 8 through August 3. Children are to bring a packed lunch. Camper Fee: $60 per week tuition. Camp is for children 3, 4, and 5 years old who have NOT yet attended kindergarten. Campers must also be age 3 by March 1, 2015 and toilet trained.
“More and more research stresses the importance of maintaining some level of educational engagement for youngsters, especially 4 and 5 year olds preparing for Kindergarten, during the summer months,” explained YWCA Carlisle Executive Director, Robin Scaer. “Learning while playing and participating in crafts and activities emphasizing both educational and socialization skills are extremely beneficial to children,” Scaer said. Themes for preschool summer camp will include All About Birds, Commotion in the Ocean, Celebrating America and more. A deeper exploration on these topics building upon each prior day’s lesson goes above the core readiness skills and delves into the subject a little more closely.
Additionally, fall preschool openings are available in our Special Time for Me 2 year old classes, 3 year old classes, and pre-kindergarten readiness classes. The YWCA offers a unique 4 hour day with classes held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and you can choose 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day schedules to meet your child’s needs. NEW for the coming school year – an enrichment program for the 3 year old class and pre-k class. “Offering an extended, 4-hour a day preschool program enables teachers to spend more time on specific activities, crafts, reading, and games to help children learn concrete ideas and concepts such as numbers and simple words,” noted YWCA Carlisle Preschool Director, Adrienne Dugan.
Find more information online at ywcacarlisle.org, or call (717) 243-3818 to register or make an appointment for a tour. YWCA Carlisle will not discriminate against any individual because of race, religion, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap.
CAMP HILL – Holy Spirit Hospital Auxiliary–A Geisinger Affiliate will hold its 18th annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Adams Ricci Park, East Penn Drive, Enola. The event will include a flower sale and chicken barbeque, children’s games and inflatables, and craft vendors.
Holy Spirit nurses will kick off the day by hosting the Spirit 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Race registration opens at 8 a.m. and the warm-up session begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K run starts at 9 a.m. while the “Walk in the Park” begins at 9:05 a.m. Children 12 and under can take part in the Children’s Fun Run at 10 a.m. The Spirit 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the nurses of Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate, as part of their commitment to ANCC Magnet® Recognition for Excellence in Nursing.
Admission to the Spring Festival is free. There is a fee to participate in the 5K Run/Walk events. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit Holy Spirit Hospital’s charitable programs. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information, or to pre-order flowers or chicken barbeque meals, please call the Holy Spirit Hospital Auxiliary office at 717.763.2796 or send an email to Ann.Hubbard@hsh.org.
For more information about the 5K Run/Walk or to register, go to www.hsh.org/Spirit5KRunWalk or contact Holy Spirit’s Office of Resource Development at 717-763-2779 or by email at Development@hsh.org. Sign up by March 27 to receive a race shirt.
For the past 45 years, spring has meant not only the return of green leaves and new flowers, but also the celebration of Earth Day. Ever since the first Earth Day took place in 1970, April 22 has become a day to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our environment. Mechanicsburg has been holding its own Earth Day celebrations each April, and this year it will hold its seventh annual celebration on April 18, rain or shine.
I grew up and began to raise a family in a time and a place where it was easy to organize a block party. It was not a problem to get 25 adults and countless kids to wrangle brooms, rakes, and trash bags to clean the neighborhood. After a few hours of work, and some time spent leaning on shovels, we’d drink tea, eat hot dogs, lean on the shovels some more, and wait for the trash truck to arrive and remove the product of our efforts. In my experience, Earth Day at that time was as much a frame of mind as it was a day on the calendar. Earth Day was whenever and wherever a bunch of folks could spare an hour or two.
To me, formal Earth Day celebrations always seemed more like a tribal and seasonal happening than the product of a movement. The way I experienced it, Earth Day was communal grooming; both of the land and its inhabitants. That communal element sure seems missing today.
These days, our tribe more likely forms around school, sports, work, and professional endeavors. Sadly, the people we care about and who care about us are not likely to be neighbors. It’s not surprising when I think about it now; organizing Earth Day events is more easily done among folks we work with than the people who share the shade and fallen leaves of a backyard tree.
Much as Jubilee Day seems like a multi-tribal event, Earth Day in Mechanicsburg looks like a Street Fair with an environmental theme. Nothing gets cleaned up, although a lot of effort goes into making sure the area is not messed up. You may not run into too many of your neighbors, though you’ll likely see folks from your other tribes. You will be invited to like the Mechanicsburg tribe in a high-touch, low-tech way as you explore the theme of environmental innovation and celebrate the return of spring.
How it Happens
Attracting people to the Mechanicsburg downtown is the mission of the Mechanicsburg Downtown Partnership (DMP). Wine walks, First Friday’s and similar events are regular offerings organized by the DMP’s Foot Traffic Committee. (Jubilee Day, though an iconic downtown event, is not organized by the DMP.) With financial support from the DMP to pay for street closing and some auction items, Earth Day in Mechanicsburg has grown to be a kaleidoscope of vendors and organizations with environmental genes in their DNA.
Though she’d be quick to deflect credit, much of the organization, recruitment, and execution for Mechanicsburg’s Earth Day is thanks to the good efforts of Susanna Brill of the Rosemary House on Market Street. Susanna has gained plenty of seasoning from organizing events at the Rosemary House and helping her sister Nancy do the same for the Sweet Remembrances Tea Room, which is right next door.
Until we erect that dome over the downtown, outside events share the same risk as weddings in the park. Past performance does not assure future returns. That said, if the weather cooperates like it did last year, you can expect an event that rivals Jubilee Day, the town’s largest event.
What can you expect to see? Well, let’s begin with the end—green funeral services. You can ask our downtown funeral director, Bob Buhrig (Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory), about what a typical green service might look like. You can see a preview of that service because Buhrig usually has an environmentally friendly wicker casket on display at the corner of Main and Market. You might expect to find the baby Moses in such a container. Those kids who peer in curiously might end up getting some candy from Bob.
But spring is the season of beginnings, and there will be plenty of plants and seeds available, as well as advice on how to get them started if you need some encouragement.
Back when Earth Day began in 1970, one of its main themes was water quality. All these years later, quantity has become the issue. Interestingly, people in Central Pennsylvania sometimes have to deal with too little water—and sometimes too much. The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association and United Water Company will be on hand to help folks learn how they can go with the flow.
Maybe you have a fleet of beaters like I do, but the much vilified automobile has gotten considerably greener in recent years. Everybody can relate to cars. We must have come a long way if automobiles have become a centerpiece of Earth Day. Visitors to Mechanicsburg’s Earth Day will also find out if it’s possible to build a car out of sugar. (Spoiler alert: Yes, you can.)
Mae (Eckley) Graybill was a real Rosie the Riveter. As a young woman she worked as a riveter on the B-26 Marauder medium bomber at the Glenn L. Martin plant outside Baltimore, Maryland. She even appeared on a WITF show about the history of her adopted hometown, Camp Hill, as one of the town’s war heroes.
Mae was just 18 years old and a year out of high school when she went to work for Martin. Her older brother, James, was the first to work there, and before the war ended, her younger sister Catherine became a riveter for the company, too.
Mae, Catherine, and their contemporaries broke the barrier between what was considered men’s work and women’s work and proved there was no job they couldn’t handle. But that wasn’t why they went to work at home-front factories. They were doing their part for the war effort, and doing it very, very well.
With the war’s end came layoffs for Mae and many other Rosies, but the skill she’d demonstrated earned her a call-back, and she returned to Martin to work on the Martin 202 airliner. That stint ended in 1948 when she married a former army technical sergeant who was a pioneer in another area of endeavor, field x-ray.
I worked at the Mifflin Garment Factory, in Juniata County, because that’s all there was for women if you didn’t further your education. They made pajamas, and I put the binding around the collar and down the front.
My brother James wrote me a letter and said, “Mae, why don’t you come down? They’re hiring women.” He was one of six honor students who were picked from the Milton S. Hershey School—the Hershey Industrial School then—to go down to Baltimore and work in a machine shop at Glen L. Martin.
I went to the factory where I worked, and I said to my friend Hazel Huss, “I got a letter from my brother at Glenn L. Martin’s, and he told me they were hiring women and he thought I should come down. She said “Let’s go, Mae.” And I said, “Well, where would we stay?” She said she had two brothers who lived in Aero Acres, next to the factory. They lived on Fuselage Avenue. That’s the part of the plane that we ended up working on, so I thought that was clever. She said the one brother had children and the other one didn’t. We could stay with the one without children. They had two bedrooms. We got ready and went down, and we went to live with her brother and his wife, Winey and Ruth Huss. I’d never been out of the state before. We both went to the plant and were hired, but we weren’t hired in the same section.
We got 97 cents an hour. It was $1.07 for the night shift. It was an eight-hour day, and we were paid every Friday, cash in a brown envelope.
The first day was mostly talk. It was more or less taking us around and describing and telling us what the department did. They described everything we had to do and where we had to go to get our tools. We didn’t know when we went in what we needed. They told us that we’d each have to have our own toolbox.
There were lots of women, but my partner, Margie Moore, and I were the first women to work in that section. We had our own toolboxes, just like the men. The smaller tools we had to get ourselves. We both went shopping and bought the smaller tools. But the larger tools, like the snake drill, we had to check out of the tool crib. The snake drill was long, almost like a tube, but it wasn’t firm. You could hold it and push the button, and it would drill a hole. You had to hold the very end of it while you were using it because it was flexible, and it could fly around and maybe catch in your hair. We used the snake drill to drill the harder places down in the corners.
We worked on the B-26 Marauder. Margie and I built the last section of the fuselage before the tail went on. We were with a group of men, but she was my riveting partner. Margie was my partner the whole time I was there, except they did pull me off of the B-26 fuselage section to go up and do a section on the Mars flying boat, and that was with a man as a partner. We set our frames into a fixture. The frames were metal, predrilled. The fixture was made of wood, shaped like a half moon. There were two fixtures, one for each side. You couldn’t build one whole section at once. We had rolls of sheet metal, “skin,” they called it. We had a table that we would flatten it out on, and then we cut it to the size that we needed. There was a marking on the table for the section that we had to cut. After it was cut off of this big roll, we had box files that we used on the edges. It had to be nice and smooth. That’s when the supervisor would look at it and say it was okay. Not only us women; everybody’s work had to be inspected. That was the last inspection before we would take it up to the fixture.
Every step had to be inspected by our boss. We usually had to wear leather gloves until we got it assembled to the point that we could drill it because the metal edges were sharp, but once we were finished with cutting it and getting it to the fixture to rivet it, of course you couldn’t use gloves when you used the rivet gun. We’d hold it, each end, and drill the holes to hold it in place and then go back to the inside and drill out the holes in the skin. The frames already had the drill holes in them. It took two people because the one on the outside had to hold it while the one on the inside drilled it. We had the little tool called a Cleco tool that you would press, and the tool would put a temporary clamp in the drill holes every here and there to hold things in place until we riveted. The holes had to be perfect. Margie was shorter, so she was on the inside of the curve and I was on the outside with the rivet gun.
After we riveted they had the rivet inspector come. We very seldom had to have a rivet taken out. When it was inspected and passed, somebody with a big crane would come and take it to the assembly line. There they’d make a whole circle of the two halves.
If a section wasn’t finished at the end of our shift, the second shift would finish it and start another one. Sometimes we finished a section for the second shift. If the fixture was empty when we came in, we’d start a new one.
We had to wear slacks or coveralls, our own clothes. If your hair was long you had to have it tied up or covered with a turban. If you had that snake drill in one hand, and if it would ever get loose, you could lose all your hair. But if your hair was short—I had short hair—you didn’t have to have anything on it.
Aero Acres was supposed to be one of the first planned communities built next to a plant during the war, for workers. The houses were small. They were row houses. Glenn L. Martin was just across Martin Boulevard—two plants, One and Two—and it’s still there. They built a theater and a drug store and a grocery and everything you would need at one end, and there were homes at the other end. We were so close we could walk to work. We had an underpass we could use. It was in Middle River, east of Baltimore. And, of course, everybody was from somewhere else—most of them anyway.
Nobody had cars, so if we wanted to go to Baltimore city, even to the Hippodrome Theater, we had to take a trolley. They had nice shows at the Hippodrome. They even had stars that were famous people there. You could go get a sundae. Most of the drugstores had soda fountains then. We could take the trolley to Bayshore Park to go swimming or to Baltimore city to shop.
Sometimes we would go out on dates. The air force was stationed back of Glenn L. Martin’s plant, and a group of them would tour the plant every day, and they could stop and watch us work, but they weren’t allowed to talk to us. One day three soldiers came to Aero Acres, and one man walked up to me and said, “Did I see you today in the pen?” So I said, “I was there, so you may have.” We talked and he had two years in law school when he was drafted. We dated and he took me up to the Hippodrome a couple times, and he took me to a really nice restaurant, but we had to go by trolley. That’s the only way we could get there. But then he was shipped out.
When the war ended I was at home—we lived in Dundalk, a residential area on the southeast edge of Baltimore, then—when we got the news. I don’t remember how we found it out, maybe on the radio, but everybody knew it. Everybody was out on their porch or the sidewalk, clapping and dancing. The man next door was bringing some kind of drink out to celebrate. It was a big celebration.
After the war, we were laid off. We went out of there in lines like we went in when we were hired. We got unemployment compensation. They had to get the plant ready to go commercial.
I wasn’t disappointed. I was happy the war was over. I went to work at Fort Holabird, an army facility in Dundalk, doing mustering-out pay. I quit there when they called me back to work at Martin’s. I worked on the electrical panel for the 202, a postwar airliner, and quit in ’48 when I was married. My husband used to say, “Mae, you must have been a good worker or they wouldn’t have called you back after the war, because there were a lot of men that could have taken that job.”
(This article was adapted from an interview Judy Sopronyi did for America in World War II magazine.)
Radisson Hotel-Camp Hill
Tired of the same old, same old way of celebrating Valentine’s Day? Looking for something new, different, and festive that will be lots of fun, over the top and filled with nostalgia? Then you will want to mark your calendar now for LoveFest: A Happening, the theme for The Art Association’s 2015 Bal Masque, presented this year with Higher Information Group’s generous support.
Reservations are only $100 per person and are available by visiting www.artassocofhbg.com or calling 717-236-1432.
If you don’t remember the Sixties, that’s ok-this last statement, by the way, is targeted to both Boomers and Millenials alike-you can experience the decade at our brand new venue, the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. Dress in a costume or in casual or party attire-anything works-it’s the freewheeling 60s!
To add to the festivities, we are excited to announce that Amy and Robert Hall have agreed to serve as Honorary Chairs of the event. As you know, the Hall Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Art Association and Bal Masque and received The Distinguished Service to the Arts Award on June 1.
In addition to a move to the Radisson, you can expect a signature drink upon entry, an expanded menu with butlered hors d’oeuvres, fruit, vegetable and cheese displays, chef-attended carving, pasta, dessert and coffee stations; a spectacular silent auction; and a chance to win a signed Peter Max print valued at almost $3,000. And if you really want the ultimate party experience, you can stay overnight -we’ve reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate.
You’ll also be able to take a stroll down Haight Asbury Street with street artists and mimes and view a fabulous video from the decade with actual footage from newscasts, TV programs, movies, concerts and ads. You’ll even have time to listen and dance to your favorite tunes spun once again by popular Bal Masque deejays Chuck Schulz and Jonathan Frazier. This year underwriters will be seated at their own reserved seating right where the action is, at the perimeter of the dance floor.
If you plan to wear a costume-you don’t have to, but it could be fun-you might want to encourage your friends to join you to form a group (think rock bands, protestors, hippies, characters from TV series, etc.) Groups and individuals will have an opportunity to strut their stuff in front of judges for a chance to win a number of prizes.
Bal Masque co-chairs Kate Earley and Karen Shughart encourage you to mark your calendars NOW for this exciting event on February 14, 2015. Members of their committee include Anne Davis, Mark Everest, David Everett, Barbara Gutekunst, Amy Huck, Shirley McCormick, Tracey Meloni and Chuck Schulz, along with able assistance from Carrie Wissler Thomas and Terrie Hosey.
All proceeds from the Bal Masque benefit the Art Association of Harrisburg’s educational and exhibition programs.
Cumberland Valley is home to many historical attractions, sites and museums that tell the story of the Confederate invasion into Pennsylvania. Discover the history of the Civil War in the Valley including ransacked towns and Underground Railroad sites.
Visit the exhibits, galleries and library at the Cumberland County Historical Society in downtown Carlisle. This museum features 16 galleries filled with military weaponry, folk art, wood-carvings, quilts, Carlisle Indian School artifacts and Civil War items including African American military pieces and Captain Robert C. Lamberton’s Civil War diary. It is also a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom facility. The research library contains Civil War books and records.
Next head to the picturesque town of Boiling Springs. Part of the National Underground Network to Freedom, Boiling Springs was one of the major escape routes leading from Maryland to Harrisburg. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour around the village that includes Underground Railroad sites like the iron forge, clock tower, and the home of abolitionist Daniel Kaufman who was one of three men in charge of the Underground Railroad station at Boiling Springs.
Continue your adventure with a tour through one of the best preserved examples of a county courthouse in the United States. The 1846 Old Courthouse in Carlisle was the staging ground for two runaway slave trials, Daniel Kaufman and the McClintock Riots, which made national headlines.
Only a few minutes away you can experience soldier’s stories at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. This premier facility for Army research is home to the largest Civil War photography collection in the world. Browse photos, personal stories and the one-mile outdoor trail with interactive exhibits including recreations of Civil War Winter Cabins and a section of the Hagerstown Pike (Battle of Antietam).
Continue exploring the Civil War history of the entire Cumberland Valley, including one-of-a-kind monuments on the West Shore and the Locust Grove Cemetery in Shippensburg, an African American burial site including 26 Civil War veterans, three of whom served with the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiments, among the first combat units open to black men during the Civil War.
For more area information and to pick up or download Civil War brochures visit the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center located inside History on High – the Shop at 33 W. High St., Carlisle or check out www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.