Pitt Street

Mansion House Hotel

Photo of the Mansion House Hotel

A landmark in Carlisle, the “Mansion House Hotel” operated on the south west corner of West High and Pitt streets from the late 1830s until the 1920s. Inns on that site had housed travelers since the days of the Revolutionary War. The first tavern on the site was kept by James Pollock in the eighteenth century.

Evelyn Wilson

Evelyn Wilson

Interview of Evelyn Wilson at the Black History Festival in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Wilson discusses moving to Carlisle when her husband was posted at the Carlisle Barracks and the tension her family experienced being the first Black family to move to North Pitt Street. She mentions her work experience and family. Wilson further talks about how she stayed in Carlisle because of the schools and the positive direction Carlisle is moving.

James Wilson

James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence

The provincial town of Carlisle was fortunate to have among its mist for a short period a political theorist and talented lawyer, James Wilson. Born in 1742 at Carskerdo near St. Andrews, Scotland, Wilson studied at St. Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Emigrating to America in1765, he first took a tutoring job at the College of Philadelphia. Next Wilson studied law under John Dickinson...