Image: Dam on Mountain Creek by Jim Bradley

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An initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library seeks to fulfill the Society's mission of collecting, engaging, and sharing the stories of Cumberland County.

Highlighted Stories

Wanda Hunter

Wanda Hunter

Interview of Wanda Hunter for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Hunter discusses growing up as a Black Woman in Carlisle including the history of the Carlisle School District's segregation and integration policies, and Lincoln Cemetery.

Richard I. Gobin

Image of Richard Gobin during Interview

Interview of Richard I. Gobin by Blair Williams on August 11, 2015. The interview focuses on Gobin's early life growing up in Cumberland County as well as his studies to become a pharmacist and eventually taking over three pharmacies in Cumberland County. Gobin also recounts stories told to him about Jim Thorpe and other individuals who have made an impact on the County.

Highlighted Entries

Mt. Holly Springs

Mt Holly Springs,  Elevated Photo circa 1950

Mt. Holly Springs is situated at the northern entrance of a gap in South Mountain in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Mountain Creek flows through this gap and into the borough. This area was once called Holly Gap because of a large holly tree that grew there.

Scots-Irish Influence in Cumberland County

Photo of a portrait of General John Armstrong

Upon ascending the throne in 1603, James I of England (James VI of Scotland) desired to “civilize the uncontrollable, autonomous Irish.” His plan was to displace English Protestants, Presbyterian Scots, French, and German Protestants from their homelands and into Ireland.

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Women in World War II