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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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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....

Marcus A. Reno

Cumberland

3.0 miles

Maj., 7th U.S. Cavalry at Battle of Little Big Horn, 1876; Lt. Col. Geo. A. Custer & the troops he led were killed, but...

Daniel Drawbaugh

Cumberland

3.0 miles

Inventor of a telephone for which he sought a patent in 1880. Claims contested by Bell Telephone, which won the court decision in 1888....

John W. Geary (1819-1873)

Cumberland

3.0 miles

Two-term Governor of Pennsylvania, 1867-73. Major General in Civil War. Colonel, 2nd Pa. Regiment in Mexican War. Governor, Kansas Territory. First postmaster & first...

Gettysburg Campaign

Cumberland

3.0 miles

This campaign's northernmost engagement, known as the Battle of Sporting Hill, occurred just north and west of here, June 30, 1863. The 22nd &...

Paxton Church

Dauphin

3.1 miles

A short way from here is early 18th century Paxton Church. The first pastor was installed in 1732. In the churchyard are buried John...

Gettysburg Campaign

Cumberland

3.1 miles

Farthest advance of a body of Confederate troops toward Harrisburg. Southern units under General A.G. Jenkins of Ewell's Corps reached Oyster Point on June...

Henszey's Wrought Iron Arch Bridge

Cumberland

3.8 miles

Early example of a wrought iron bowstring arch truss bridge. Patented in 1869 by Joseph G. Henszey and built that year by the Continental...

Peace Church

Cumberland

4.3 miles

Present building erected in 1798 by a Reformed congregation. Half-interest obtained in 1806 by a Lutheran congregation; in joint use until 1866. Kept in...

Peace Church

Cumberland

4.4 miles

Present building erected in 1798 by a Reformed congregation. Half-interest obtained in 1806 by a Lutheran congregation; in joint use until 1866. Kept in...

Rockville Bridge

Dauphin

5.3 miles

The longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world, visible to the south, was built between 1900 and 1902. Named for the surrounding...

Gettysburg Campaign

Cumberland

5.5 miles

Confederate General Albert G. Jenkins and his staff occupied this house, June 28-30, 1863. His brigade, a part of General Ewell's Corps, had entered...

Simon Girty

Dauphin

5.5 miles

Frontiersman known as the "Great Renegade" was born nearby. Captured by Indians, 1756, he lived among the Senecas and learned their language and culture....

Fort Hunter - PLAQUE

Dauphin

5.5 miles

A short distance west of this stone stood Fort Hunter, otherwise known as the Fort Hunter's Mill. This fort, consisting of a block...

Fort Hunter

Dauphin

5.5 miles

Stockaded blockhouse, built 1755-56, on site of present Fort Hunter Museum. Used to protect the frontier and as a supply base in building Fort...

Patton's Fort

Dauphin

6.0 miles

Nearby stood Patton's Fort, a station of the Paxton Rangers, who defended the gaps and farmsteads along the Blue Mountains from the Susquehanna River...

Rockville Bridge

Perry

6.1 miles

The longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world, one mile to the south, was built 1900-02. With forty-eight arches, it has a...

Oliver Pollock (1737-1823)

Cumberland

6.4 miles

Scots-Irish immigrant who amassed wealth as a merchant and slave trader and contributed the modern equivalent of several million dollars to the Revolutionary War....

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church

Cumberland

6.7 miles

Founded 1734 on land of James Silver by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, earliest settlers of the Cumberland Valley. Present church built in 1783, restored in 1928...

Irving Female College

Cumberland

6.9 miles

Site of the College that was chartered in 1857, and named for Washington Irving, a trustee. First women's college in Pennsylvania to grant degrees...

Paxton Riflemen

Dauphin

6.9 miles

Under Capt. Matthew Smith and Lt. Michael Simpson, a company of riflemen from Paxton Township marched to Quebec, Canada, to serve with Montgomery in...

Col. James Burd

Dauphin

7.0 miles

"Tinian," home of Col. Burd, is still standing on the opposite hill. Burd was road-builder of Braddock's expedition; French and Indian war commandant at...

Simpson Ferry Road

Cumberland

7.1 miles

Built about 1792. It extended from Michael Simpson's Ferry on the Susquehanna to Carlisle, following, at this point, a course later known as Simpson...

Union Church

Cumberland

7.3 miles

Oldest public building in Mechanicsburg. Built in 1825 on land given by Martin Rupp. As provided in the charter, it has been used by...

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