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Historical Markers

Since 1946, PHMC's historical markers have chronicled the people, places and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries.

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Paxtang Manor

Dauphin

0.5 miles

A tract of 1272 acres, now this part of Harrisburg, was first surveyed in 1732 for Thomas Penn, and was known as Paxtang Manor....

Mira Lloyd Dock

Dauphin

0.6 miles

Botanist, educator, author, civic leader, conservationist, activist. She served on the State Forestry Reservation Commission, 1901-13. She catalyzed the birth of Harrisburg's "City Beautiful"...

John Harris Mansion

Dauphin

0.7 miles

John Harris, Jr., founder of Harrisburg, built this house in 1764-66. It was Simon Cameron's home, 1863-89, and many famous persons visited there. It...

Walnut Street Bridge

Dauphin

0.7 miles

Oldest surviving bridge over the Susquehanna. Opened by the People's Bridge Co. in 1890. "Old Shakey," one of the last remaining multi-span Phoenix truss...

Harris' Ferry

Dauphin

0.7 miles

On the river bank, a short distance west of this stone, was the landing place of HARRIS' FERRY the most historic crossing place on...

Harrisburg Cemetery

Dauphin

0.8 miles

This 35-acre cemetery, chartered by the Commonwealth and opened in 1845, is the oldest and largest in the capital city. It is noted for...

Harrisburg

Cumberland

1.0 miles

Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. As Harris' Ferry, was settled a century before by John Harris Sr. Laid out as a town in 1785 by...

Governor's Residence

Dauphin

1.1 miles

Opposite is the present home of the Governor of Pennsylvania. Designed in the Georgian Revival style, it was completed in 1968 and is the...

Governor's Residence

Dauphin

1.1 miles

This is the present home of the Governor of Pennsylvania. It was completed in 1968 and is the third official executive mansion located in...

Camp Curtin

Dauphin

1.2 miles

Here on 80 acres stood a great training camp of the Civil War. It was named after Andrew Gregg Curtin, Pennsylvania Governor, 1861-67. Between...

Harrisburg State Hospital

Dauphin

1.4 miles

The first State mental hospital in Pennsylvania. Opened in 1851, a result of efforts by the noted humanitarian, Dorothea Lynde Dix, to improve this...

Harrisburg

Dauphin

1.5 miles

Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. As Harris' Ferry, was settled a century before by John Harris Sr. Laid out as a town in 1785 by...

Fort Couch

Cumberland

1.6 miles

Remains of breastworks, at Eighth and Ohio Streets, built before the battle of Gettysburg, to oppose the expected Southern drive on Harrisburg. June...

Fort Couch

Cumberland

1.6 miles

Remains of breastworks built in June 1863 to oppose an expected attack on Harrisburg by Confederate troops. Site then known as Hummel's Heights. Fort...

Harrisburg

Dauphin

2.2 miles

Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. As Harris' Ferry, was settled a century before by John Harris Sr. Laid out as a town in 1785 by...

Ralph W. Abele (1921-1990)

Dauphin

2.3 miles

Conservation leader and Pennsylvania Fish Commission executive director, 1972-87. Abele’s “Resource First” philosophy strengthened the agency’s mission to protect, conserve, and enhance water quality,...

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Dauphin

2.3 miles

Governor Andrew G. Curtin signed an act of March 30, 1866, establishing a commission to improve water quality and restore migratory fish passage. It...

Robert Whitehill (1735-1813)

Cumberland

2.4 miles

Legislator and official lived here in Lowther Manor on land conveyed by the Penns in 1771. At the state's 1787 convention to ratify the...

Lincoln Cemetery

Dauphin

2.4 miles

A landmark of central Pennsylvania's African American history. Established in 1827 by Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church. Among those buried here are T. Morris...

Harrisburg

Dauphin

2.5 miles

Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. As Harris' Ferry, was settled a century before by John Harris Sr. Laid out as a town in 1785 by...

Harrisburg

Dauphin

2.6 miles

Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. Settled a century before by John Harris, Sr. Known as Harris' Ferry until laid out by John Harris, Jr. as...

Cumberland Riflemen

Cumberland

2.7 miles

Capt. William Hendricks led from nearby Cumberland County points a company of riflemen to Quebec, Canada. There they fought Dec. 31, 1775, at the...

Paxton Church

Dauphin

2.8 miles

Organized as a congregation in 1732 with William Bertram as first pastor. The second pastor was the famed "Fighting Parson," John Elder. In the...

Wildwood Park

Dauphin

2.9 miles

Inspired by 'City Beautiful' advocates Horace McFarland and Mira Lloyd Dock, Wildwood Park opened its first trails in 1907. The largest of several Harrisburg...

William Howard Day

Dauphin

2.9 miles

Abolitionist, minister, orator, editor, educator. Born in New York City; traveled in the U.S., Canada, and Britain on behalf of antislavery and free Blacks....

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