Boiling Springs

Albert Abelt: All-Around Artist-Athlete (1913-1964)

The story of Albert Abelt is one of both a talented artist and a natural-born athlete. His uniquely coupled talents, varying pursuits, and adventurous life make him a fascinating subject.

Born in Portland, Oregon, on November 25, 1913, Albert Abelt was the son of Alexander Sokalovitch and Blanche Lang, both of Polish and Russian decent. Alexander served in the Czar's army and emigrated to this country around the time of the Russian Revolution. He took the last name Kunda, which Albert later changed to Abelt. When Albert was a small child both parents died within a short period of one another, and he was placed in a Catholic orphanage in Oregon at age seven.

Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs is a unique 18th century industrial settlement that developed into a 19th century provincial village and recreational area. The name of the village and its multilayered history revolve around its important water resources. The name "Boiling Springs" is found in the earliest records of the area. This "Boiling Springs " designation was undoubtedly derived from the lake located on the tract.

Book Review: At a Place Called the Boiling Springs

At a Place Called the Boiling Springs. Edited by Richard L. Tritt and Randy Watts. Illustrated, 247 pp. Boiling Springs Sesquicentennial Publications Committee, 1995. $35, cloth.

This book, commemorating the sesquicentennial of Boiling Springs, provides a well written and visually rich history of this charming Cumberland County village. Although the foreword states that "with today's roads and speeds Carlisle and the village virtually run together," the book proceeds to illuminate the image of a distinct, charming, and historically rich community, whose heritage encompasses a remarkable blend of industry, recreation, and nature.

Churchtown Perspectives, 1875

When John Bratton, editor of the American Volunteer newspaper, paid a visit to the village of Churchtown in April 1875, and then wrote about it in his newspaper, little did he know he would rile up the editor of a competing newspaper and send him off on his own trip to Churchtown.

Why was Oliver Haddock, the editor of the Carlisle Herald, so annoyed by several remarks in the American Volunteer article? Newspapers have always had a political affiliation. The Carlisle Herald was decidedly Republican while the American Volunteer was Democratic. The editor of the Herald claimed that the Volunteer's story was "grossly exaggerated" in two instances, but it was the conversation that the editor of the Volunteer had with Mr. Devinney, the post master of Churchtown, that angered the editor of the Herald the most. Mr. Devinney, the article in the Volunteer claimed, said that "the Volunteer had more subscribers at the Allen post office [Churchtown] than any other paper in the county. Mr. D., the article said, "is a Republican in politics, but thinks it would not be doing the "square thing" to give Ulysess a third term."

A Corner of Carlisle History

As many are probably aware, Carlisle was chosen to be the County seat of Cumberland County after much debate in 1751. The Penn family had plans for the town drawn up that same year. The Penn plan for Carlisle "consisted of 312 lots, each sixty feet by two hundred and forty feet. The original boundaries of the town were North, South, East and West Streets.

John J. Heinze

Image of John J. Heinze during Interview

Interview of John J. Heinze by Susan Meehan on July 23, 2015. The interview covers the beginnings of the Allenberry Resort and Theatre and its continued evolution over the years.

Kaufman's Station at the Village of Boiling Springs

On October 18, 2007, the Cumberland County Historical Society received notification from the National Park Service that the application for Kaufman's Station at the Village of Boiling Springs had been evaluated and was officially named a site on the Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The review board found that it made a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American history and that it met the requirements for inclusion as an official Network site. As a result, the village may use the Network to Freedom logo, such as on plaques or publications. Kaufman's Station will be included on the Network's website and can be used as a resource by students and scholars. Tourists can use the website to find Underground Railroad sites they may want to visit. The Boiling Springs Civic Association is planning both guided and self-guided walking tours of Kaufman's Station for visitors to the area.