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History Timeline of Cumberland County
1720 - James Letort establishes trading post
1737 - Shippensburg founded
1750 - Cumberland County created
1751 - Carlisle founded as county seat
1753 - Benjamin Franklin negotiates a treaty with Native Americans at Carlisle
1764 - Regina Hartmann, Indian captive, returned
1775 - William Thompson commissioned as first Colonel of US army
1776 - Three county attorneys sign the Declaration of Independence: James Wilson, 
          James Smith, and George Ross
1778 - Mary Hays McCauley (Molly Pitcher) at Battle of Monmouth, NJ
1783 - Dickinson College chartered
1787 - Anti-Constitutional Riots at Carlisle
1794 - President Washington mustered troops in Carlisle during Whiskey Rebellion
1809 - James Buchanan graduates from Dickinson College
1820 - Cumberland County is largest iron producer in PA
1834 - Dickinson Law School established
1836 - Carlisle High School: first public high school in PA
1837 - Cumberland Valley Rail Road completed
1845 - Court House and Town Hall in Carlisle destroyed by fire
1847 - McClintock slave riot in Carlisle
1848 - Daniel Kaufman Underground Railroad trial
1849 - McCormick's reaper tested by Frederick Watts
1855 - First county street illumination in Carlisle
1857 - Irving Female College in Mechanicsburg chartered
1863 - Confederate invasion of Cumberland County
1874 - Cumberland County Historical Society chartered
1874 - Grangers' picnics begin at Williams Grove Park
1879 - Carlisle Indian Industrial School opens
1880 - Daniel Drawbaugh applies for telephone patent
1882 - First telephone service in county
1894 - First trolley companies organized
1901 - Mother Katherine Drexel establishes school and convent
1905 - Last public hanging
1909 - Messiah College founded as Bible School
1912 - Jim Thorpe and Louis Tewanima, Carlisle Indian School students, win Olympic medals
1915 - Marianne Moore publishes first poem
1918 - Flu epidemic ravages Cumberland County
1918 - Carlisle Indian Industrial School closes
1920 - First State Police School in US at Newville
1931 - First CCC Camp in PA at Pine Grove
1934 - Three Babes in the Woods murder case
1940 - PA Turnpike opens, Carlisle to Pittsburgh
1943 - POW interrogation center established at Pine Grove
1957 - Last public one-room school in the county closes
1962 - New Courthouse dedicated
1963 - Holy Spirit Hospital founded
1993 - Randall Shughart awarded Medal of Honor


For more information contact:
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 N. Pitt Street, P.O. Box 626
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 249-7610