The history of Cumberland County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 54 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Carlisle, Shippensburg, Newville, Middlesex, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Wormleyburg, Fairview, Kingstown, Stroughstown, Springfield, Lemoyne, Camp Hill, Roxbury, Spring Run, Shade Gap, Biglerville, Millown, Oyster's Point, Whilehill, West Fairview, Bridge Port, Shiremanstown, Shepherdstown, Hogestown, Worleytown, Churchtown, Lisburn, New Kingston, Newbury, and Papertown (or Mt. Holly Springs). The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers, and their Early Disputes; Court procedings, including the public whipping of a woman "on her bare back"; Description of Carlisle in 1753 and of "Fort Louther," a stockade built that year; Capt. Jack, "a terror to the Indians"; Murder of a friendly Indian and his family; British prisoners -- Major Andre and Lieut. Despard -- held in Carlisle; Early Churches; Early history of Capt. Samuel Brady; William Denning and his "wrought iron cannon"; Resolutions adopted in support of Boston in 1774; Revolutionary War soldiers; George Washington in Carlisle; Points of Interest in Carlisle w/ map; Irving Female College and Cumberland Valley Institute in Mechanicsburg, and Dickinson College in Carlisle; Pennsylvania Turnpike and Turnpike Tunnels in 1940; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include Public Square in Carlisle (full page), Dickinson College (2 vuews); Irving Female College,Soldiers' Monument in Carlisle, Cumberland County Court House, and Carlisle Springs.
Cumberland County, PA
Sources: History of Cumberland County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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