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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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Cumberland Valley Railroad

Cumberland

7.4 miles

Incorporated in 1831. Completed, Lemoyne to Chambersburg, 1837; eventually, Harrisburg to Virginia. For over 80 years, vital to Valley's economic life; merged into Pennsylvania...

Col. Timothy Green

Dauphin

7.8 miles

In the graveyard to the south rests Timothy Green, officer in the French and Indian War; signer of the Hanover Independence Resolves in June,...

Barnett's Fort

Dauphin

8.7 miles

North at the head of Beaver Creek, Joseph Barnett's log house was a frontier refuge in 1756-63 against Indians raiding the frontier. His son...

Camp George Gordon Meade

Dauphin

8.7 miles

Covering three square miles, the former Camp Meade was situated a half mile to the northwest. Named for famed Civil War General, it was...

Burd Tombs

Dauphin

9.1 miles

Col. James Burd of "Tinian," able and gallant officer in the French and Indian Wars, author of Middletown Resolves for Independence, June 1774, and...

Revolutionary War Gun Factory

Dauphin

9.1 miles

During the British occupation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s provisional government moved west and its official gun factory was established at Hummelstown. Secretly operating near here...

Middletown

Dauphin

9.2 miles

The oldest town in Dauphin County; laid out in 1755 by George Fisher, Quaker. It was an important port at the junction of Pennsylvania...

Saint Peter's Kierch

Dauphin

9.2 miles

Cornerstone laid July 13, 1767, and dedicated in 1769 by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, patriarch of American Lutheranism. Church erected on ground provided by George...

Hummelstown Brownstone Quarries

Dauphin

9.5 miles

High quality brownstone was quarried near here, 1863-1929, and sold across the nation as a preferred masonry material of builders. The Hummelstown Brownstone Company,...

Union Canal

Dauphin

9.6 miles

This canal was operated from 1828-1884. It connected the Susquehanna at Middletown with the Schuylkill at Reading, following the Swatara and Tulpehocken Creeks. Much...

First Pinchot Road

York

10.3 miles

To "get the farmer out of the mud" was the road from here to Rossville. Gov. Gifford Pinchot broke ground here, July 23, 1931,...

Union Canal

Dauphin

10.4 miles

At Union Deposit, five miles south, can be seen remains of this Canal. It connected the Susquehanna at Middletown with the Schuylkill at Reading....

Union Canal

Dauphin

10.4 miles

At Union Deposit, five miles south, can be seen remains of this Canal. It connected the Susquehanna at Middletown with the Schuylkill at Reading....

Reformed Presbyterian Church

Cumberland

10.6 miles

On August 23, 1752, Scottish Covenanter Presbyterians held their first recorded Communion in the New World here at Joseph and Elizabeth Junkin's farm. A...

Williams Grove

Cumberland

11.1 miles

With its excellent railroad connection, this became the site of the Great Grangers' Interstate Picnic Exhibition, founded 1874 by Robert H. Thomas of the...

Pennsylvania Canal (Eastern Division)

Dauphin

11.1 miles

This Division was built, 1826-33; operated until 1901. Here, at old Clark's Ferry Towpath Bridge, the State's great inland canal traffic in iron, coal,...

Union Canal

Dauphin

11.1 miles

At Union Deposit, just to the north, can be seen the remains of the canal. It united the Susquehanna at Middletown with the...

Pennsylvania Farm Show

Dauphin

11.3 miles

First held in January 1917, the Farm Show took place each year at various Harrisburg locations until 1931, when it moved to the new...

Lightning Guider Sleds

Perry

11.7 miles

Produced between 1904 and 1988 by the Standard Novelty Works, located here. In 1920 the plant was credited with producing more children's sleds than...

Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island

Dauphin

11.8 miles

On March 28, 1979, and for several days thereafter -- as a result of technical malfunctions and human error -- Three Mile Island's Unit...

Stony Ridge Convention

Cumberland

11.8 miles

Located at this site, James Bell’s tavern was a meeting place for Anti-Federalists. Members of the Anti-Federalist movement from the Cumberland frontier, led by...

Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record

Dauphin

12.2 miles

In a basketball game played here on March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks-- a...

Pennsylvania Canal (Juniata Division)

Dauphin

12.2 miles

This Division was built in 1828-33. It extended to the eastern end of the Allegheny Portage Railroad at Hollidaysburg, a distance of 127 miles....

Chocolate Workers' Sit-down Strike

Dauphin

12.5 miles

Hershey’s Chocolate Workers Local 1 (CIO) responded to a labor-management impasse on April 2, 1937 by initiating the first sit-down strike in Pennsylvania and...

Hershey

Dauphin

12.6 miles

Model industrial town and noted tourism destination established in 1903 and named for its founder, Milton S. Hershey (1857-1945). Hershey's companies developed housing, recreation,...

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