Carlisle Borough– Steeped in History

February 21st, 2023

Drive southwest, approximately 25-30 minutes from the capitol of Harrisburg, and you will find the Borough of Carlisle. Located in Cumberland County, the borough is full of historical homes and buildings. Founded in 1751, the borough and the town of Carlisle are a historian’s dream.

In 2021, the borough of Carlisle was named an “All-American City” by the National Civic League. The award given to 10 cities yearly, recognizing communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address community issues. The community is also located within the Cumberland Valley, a highly-productive agricultural region of Pennsylvania.

The architecture within the borough is both fascinating and historical. “Carlisle’s tree-lined streets invite residents and visitors alike to walk the same paths as those walked by the Commander of the Continental Army and President of the United States, George Washington, Declaration of Independence signer, James Wilson, Olympic Medalist Jim Thorpe, and a heroine of the Revolutionary War, Mary Ludwig Hays, a.k.a. Molly Pitcher,” as stated on the Cumberland County website.

With a reputation as a growing and viable community, the historic Carlisle Borough continues to meet the ever-evolving economic needs of its residents. The borough is embracing the world of tomorrow, as you can see success on just about every street corner, from small businesses, award-winning restaurants, and a historic art deco-style theatre, the Carlisle Theatre. The combination of small and large retail businesses, along with the addition of technology-based firms, and strong service industries, the community seems to have has reinvented itself.

The borough is also home to Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, formerly Dickinson School of Law. Founded in 1834, Dickinson is one of the oldest law schools in the country and the oldest in PA. Also located in Carlisle is The U.S. Army War College. The “war college” as it known locally, is a U.S. Army educational institution on the 500-acre campus of the Carlisle Barracks. It provides graduate-level instruction to senior military officers and civilians to prepare them for senior leadership assignments and responsibilities.

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