Seniors Visit Historic Carlisle

UnknownCarlisle Borough, (pop. 20,000+), is one of Pennsylvania’s most treasured historic communities.  Senior travelers will find Carlisle located in picturesque south-central Pennsylvania just west of Harrisburg. Carlisle, founded in 1751,  has a long history dating back to before the American Revolution.

Carlisle overflows with historic treasures, including a church once attended by George Washington and a courthouse that was heavily damaged by artillery during the Civil War. Carlisle combines history and beauty as senior visitors will discover.


Carlisle’s tree-lined streets invite senior visitors 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;  Battle of Monmouth heroine, “Molly Pitcher”;  and the list goes on and on.

Dickinson College is located in Carlisle and traces its history back to 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School. Today the school has  240 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of nearly 2,400 students, Dickinson College has been recognized for its innovative curriculum and international education programs.

Senior Car Buffs Enjoy Automotive Capital


Read up on the history of Carlisle. My wife and I recently visited a museum where Jim Thorpe was highlighted as an American hero and one of the most versatile athletes in history. Thorpe entered the school in 1907, played football under a famed coach named Pop Warner and he later won olympic fame.

Start your journey in the historic part of town. Strolling through historic downtown, senior visitors are greeted by unique architecture, quaint shops, and overall serenity. Carlisle Events Auto Show produces 13 annual events that puts Pennsylvania’s “automotive capital” on the map. A half a million folks come to Carlisle each year taking in the automotive events.

From Carlisle, hike a part of the Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia. Do some biking, tan up a bit on the beaches and take in the great scenery in the nearby state parks.  Stop at a Farmer’s Market and stay in one of the Valley’s bed and breakfasts.


 Walk With The Mayor

Tag along with former Mayor Kirk Wilson on a short personal walk of Carlisle and become acquainted with the inviting ambiance of the borough. Carlisle is home to the US Army War College, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the Molly Pitcher Brewing Company as well as the American Artisan Gallery. If you even get excited about the smell of leather or the sight of unique art, you will find it at the Gallery.

Stop in Carlisle any time of the year and take in a great Pennsylvania Borough. -jeb

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