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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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Pennsylvania State Police

Dauphin

12.6 miles

First uniformed state police force of its kind in the nation, created by an Act of the General Assembly May 2, 1905, signed by...

Pennsylvania Canal

Dauphin

12.7 miles

This State-owned artificial waterway system, built 1826-1834, was designed to connect points like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie in a vast inland trade. It embraced...

Derry Church

Dauphin

12.8 miles

Founded in 1729; the first pastor, William Bertram, installed in 1732 by Donegal Presbytery. Its grove was patented to it by the sons of...

Derry Churchyard

Dauphin

13 miles

Oldest pioneer graveyard in Dauphin County. Here, near Pastors William Bertram and John Roan, lie heroes of the French and Indian Wars and the...

Pennsylvania Canal (Susquehanna Division)

Perry

13 miles

Built 1828-31; operated until 1901. It extended from Duncan's Island to Northumberland. In its 41-mile course, the Division embraced 13 locks, 7 aqueducts, old...

Milton S. Hershey

Dauphin

13.3 miles

Entrepreneur and philanthropist born here September 13, 1857. Founded Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886 and Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894; introduced milk chocolate in...

Farthest North of Confederates - PLAQUE

Cumberland

13.9 miles

The farthest north attained by any organized body of the Confederate Army of General Robert E. Lee was reached here at the farm of...

Fort Manada

Dauphin

13.9 miles

In this vicinity stood James Brown's log house-fort, named Fort Manada when garrisoned as an outpost of Fort Swatara from January, 1756, to May,...

Hanover Church

Dauphin

14.4 miles

About two miles north is the site of this pioneer Presbyterian church founded in 1736. First pastor was Richard Sankey. In the graveyard are...

Warrington Meeting House

York

14.8 miles

Site of Friends'' meeting house since 1745. Present building erected 1769, enlarged 1782. Preserved in its early state, and used for regular meetings.

Carlisle Iron Works

Cumberland

14.9 miles

Founded about 1762 by John Rigbie and Co. Operated after 1781 by Michael Ege, noted ironmaster of the period. Ruins of the charcoal furnace...

Fort Halifax - PLAQUE

Dauphin

15 miles

One of the chain of frontier defenses of the province of Pennsylvania in the French and Indian Wars stood 500 feet to the west....

Fort Halifax

Dauphin

15 miles

Just west of this point stood Fort Halifax. It was built in 1756 by Col. William Clapham, and was one of the chain of...

Hanover Resolves

Dauphin

15 miles

The earliest resolves for independence in the State. Drawn June 4, 1774, by Col. Timothy Green and eight Hanover Township patriots. They committed their...

Daniel Kaufman

Cumberland

15.5 miles

An Underground Railroad agent from 1835 to 1847, when he was sued by a Maryland slave owner. He was ultimately fined $4,000 in 1852,...

Carlisle Indian Industrial School

Cumberland

15.6 miles

This school was the model for a nation-wide system of boarding schools intended to assimilate American Indians into mainstream culture. Over 10,000 indigenous children...

Gettysburg Campaign

Cumberland

15.7 miles

Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Southern cavalry arrived July 1, 1863, by Dover and Dillsburg. Finding Ewell had left the day before, Stuart burned the U.S....

Charles Albert "Chief" Bender

Cumberland

15.8 miles

One of baseball’s great pitchers. Bender played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1903-14, helping them to win 5 pennants and 3 world championships. After...

Carlisle Barracks

Cumberland

15.9 miles

Established 1757. Oldest Army Post in U.S. A powder magazine built by Hessian prisoners in 1777 survives. Burned by Confederates on July 1, 1863....

Carlisle

Cumberland

16 miles

Founded in 1751 as the seat of Cumberland County. Historic old frontier town. Supplied a contingent for the first regiment of the Continental Army...

Carlisle

Cumberland

16.2 miles

Founded in 1751 as the seat of Cumberland County. Historic old frontier town. Supplied a contingent for the first regiment of the Continental Army...

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

Cumberland

16.4 miles

Eminent poet, editor, essayist, and teacher. Her independent spirit and keen eye for detail distinguished her life and work. Moore won the Pulitzer Prize...

John Bannister Gibson

Cumberland

16.5 miles

Distinguished jurist and author of legal books, lived in this house from about 1820 until his death, 1853; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court...

Gen. William Irvine

Cumberland

16.5 miles

Early Carlisle physician, member of Provincial Convention, Revolutionary officer, commander at Fort Pitt, occupied house that stood on this site before 1800.

St. Patrick's Church

Cumberland

16.5 miles

In 1779, Father Charles Sewall, S.J., took title to a lot here. Log structure built 1784; brick edifice in 1806. Present church erected 1893...

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