Three story 5 bedroom stone house built in 1803 in downtown Carlisle
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About Mark Adams
Mark and Mary Adams both grew up in Cumberland County, PA. They currently live outside of town near their other Homeaway rental, Meadowbrook Farm, on the Conodoguinet Creek. Mark and Mary have raised four sons in the area. They spend a lot of time in the outdoors, and can recommend local hiking and canoing opportunities.
Mark Adams purchased this House in 2016
Why Mark Adams chose Carlisle
The McManus house is a stunning historical building that needed some TLC. It had been cut up into individual apartments, a fate that too often large old buildings are subjected to, and we felt we needed to save it. It fronts on the Letort Creek, where originally a whiskey distillery was operated in the back yard! It has been fun investigating the historical information we could locate about the building. We still have one more project on the property, remodeling the large garage which was actually built in the 1930's as a service station. But that will be another chapter!
What makes this House unique
From the moment you see this stunning stone building, with it sloping yard descending to the creek from the patio, you will know it is a special place. Inside we have maintained as much of the original layout as possible, and have restored three of the nine fireplaces to working order. We have furnished the house with period furniture, both restorations and antiques, to give you the opportunity to experience a bit of life in a different century. At the same time, the kitchen, though reminiscent of the era, is well stocked and fully functioning. The bathrooms are modern and comfortable.
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Gem of a house
This historic home is in a prime location, has been beautifully renovated, and is an incredible find. The owners were wonderful to work with and they thought of so many small details when preparing the house for our arrival.
We would absolutely stay here again!
Awesome charming historical piece of central PA
Simply put, this place is awesome. The property's balanced mix of the historical charm of a 200+ year old limestone home with modern amenities of an updated kitchen and updated bathrooms make this home magnificently unique. Every room is expertly fashioned with the perfect furniture and decorations, we thought it was just staged for a photo shoot for some interior decorating magazine when we arrived! I was impressed with the photos online but they pale in comparison to the real thing. As I wrote above, this place is awesome! The hosts were great, providing timely and accurate communication and they even provided us a guide of their favorite spots to shop and eat in Carlisle. The outdoor back patio is fabulous, private and picturesque with mature trees and a well manicured grassy lawn leading down to a small stream. When the weather was good, this was one of our favorite sitting areas. This place was the perfect fit for my family's stay to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Dickinson College. We will have lifelong memories of our stay at the McManus house known as the Sign of The Eagle and Harp!
Thank you so much!
Andrew McBride & Family
We very much enjoyed our stay.
We very much enjoyed our stay. Thank you.
Lovely, relaxing and great hosts!
This home is beautiful and unique. The hosts were fantastic, the home was spotless and the house was stocked with conveniences!
We had a lovely time at the McManus House this past weekend as our family gathered from all corners of the country to honor our 101 year-old grandfather! The house, while historic in nature, was updated with every amenity a modern traveler would need, and the owners thought of everything. The kitchen was the highlight for me, as all of the appliances are top-of the line, with professional—and sharp!—knives, and every tool one might need to whip up a feast. I also loved the original details of the house (the wood on the stairs is simply gorgeous) and the educational touches the owners had, with historical books and documents on the shelves for guests to peruse. We were all grateful to have this beautiful space, and it was very helpful to have such prompt and professional owners in Mark and Mary Adams. Thank you for everything!
The house was phenomenal. Could not ask for a better Person to rent from than Mark. Beds was comfortable. We had a warm house to come home to every night. With plenty of room for 6 grown men to move around. Defiantly will rent from the owners again if available.
Carlisle, with a population of just under 20,000, is the county seat of Cumberland County. Despite its small size, Carlisle if full of locations and organizations of historical, architectural, educational and cultural importance. The town was settled in 1751. Carlisle served as a munitions depot during the American Revolutionary War. The depot was later developed into the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. Carlisle Barracks ranks among the oldest U.S. Army installations and the most senior military educational institution in the United States Army. Carlisle Barracks is home of the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, an archives and museum complex open to the public.
Revolutionary War legend Molly Pitcher died in the borough in 1832, and her body lies buried in the Old Public Graveyard.
Carlisle also hosts Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Old West is the first building of the campus of Dickinson College and was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1803, who also designed the Capitol Building in Washington DC. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 for its architecture and its association with Latrobe. Carlisle's entire historic district is on the national register.
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), a ballet school and performing company known internationally for their alumni, is based in Carlisle. Carlisle is also famous to many people for its car shows, put on regularly by Carlisle Events throughout the spring, summer, and fall at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. In addition to the regularly scheduled shows there are specialty shows, including the GM Nationals, the Ford Nationals, the Chrysler Nationals, the Truck Nationals, Corvettes at Carlisle, and the Import/Kit Car Nationals.
The Appalachian Trail crosses the Cumberland Valley, just east of Carlisle, and there are some particularly nice hiking sections of the trail just south of Carlisle near Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In addition to fishing in the Letort, Opossum Lake west of Carlisle allows fishing and small craft boating. There is a four mile walking trail around the lake.