Keep the Craighead House Lights On!

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Craighead House as it looks today

You can become a Friend of Craighead House today by supporting our second annual campaign. One hundred people (many more actually because lots were families) donated last year. We urge all who kept the lights on (actually as well as figuratively) at Craighead House this year and made our inaugural Fall Series of talks immensely successful to continue your support and for other like-minded people to join in. A broader range of activities at the house is only possible with your support.

Become a Friend of Craighead House now!

21 thoughts on “Keep the Craighead House Lights On!

  1. Jean Craighead George was a marvelous author and I have enjoyed & bought many of her books. Never knew she was from Carlisle and find that so exciting as I have family who live there. I wish you much success in the restoration of the home and will do what I can to contribute, how ever little it be.
    Thank you so much for your marvelous project.

  2. I’ve loved Jean’s books over the years. I live just down the road, so I would love to see you succeed in this mission. You should look at having a falconry class to add funds and tie in with the family. I was in the UK a few months ago and to do a 1-2 hour class just to do bare basics was several hundred dollars.

    • We are looking forward to including falconers and falconry in the near future. Are you a member of an organization, or do you know of an organization who might be interested in having a display or a room in the Craighead House?

  3. Any thoughts of having an open house-like tour so people can feel the history and enthusiam of saving this historic building? Maybe a donations box set out or at least maybe more interest generated by doing this?

    • The condition of the house doesn’t permit opening it to the public yet. We do give people tours on an as-requested basis but weather conditions and short daylight hours limit our ability to guide people through the house this time of year. If you want to see the house, send us an email. Thank you for your interest.

    • Thank you for your interest, Tom. Current plans are for the house and grounds to be used for conservation, environmental, historical, and writing organizations for their offices, meetings, classes, and events. The Craigheads have a long history in Cumberland County, having arrived here over a decade before the county was formed. The Craighead naturalists who occupied this house were also teachers, writers, hunters, fishermen, and falconers. So, the list of possible uses is quite long due to the Craigheads’ diverse interests. And we mustn’t forget the house’s architectural significance and its relationship to the development of the railroad and iron industry.

      • I am looking for directions from the Pa Turnpike to the Craighead House. Could you please provide me with an address/directions so I can attend the lecture on Sunday about the Naturalists. Thanks so much. Betty Lenhart

      • If you’re coming from the east, take the Mechanicsburg/Gettysburg exit and head south on route 15 toward Gettysburg. Take the Lisburn Road exit (it’s not far) and turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. Go through the lights near the exit and proceed westerly on Liburn Road until you come to the four-way stop at route 174 (also called the Churchtown-Boiling Springs Road). A large stone house and barn are on the right just before the stop sign. Turn left on route 174 and stay on it until you get to Craighead House. It’s about 3 miles west of Boiling Springs and its name changes to Old York Road after you get out of Boiling Springs. The house is located at 318 E Old York Road but the parking is on the left just before the house in the area where fishermen park. Turn in just past the large metal equipment shed. If you get to the iron bridge, you’ve gone three houses too far. See ya Sunday.

  4. Please tell me about the artwork on the walls. And please explain exactly where this house is.
    Did Twig visit the house when she was a child?
    I did not realize until today there was a Craighead House. Good luck in your endeavor to purchase and restore it. Janet Copping, Alaska

    • Charles Cooper Craighead built this late Victorian house for his bride, Agnes Miller, in 1886. After their deaths in the mid-1920s, their children and grandchildren used the house for vacations and holidays. Frank Jr., John, Jean, Sam, and Bill spent all their growing up summers here. Nancy, Barbara, Ruth Ann, and Jim visited here as often as possible. The house was built along the Yellow Breeches Creek on Old York Road at Craighead Station, Pennsylvania between Boiling Springs and Route 34 (Holly Pike). Twig surely visited here as a child and at other times, such as her mother’s 80th birthday celebration. She was here in November. Jean, her relatives, friends, and visitors to the house painted directly on the plaster walls in the kitchen beginning in the early 1930s. Photographs of the kitchen artwork are posted on this site. We have purchased the house. Our challeneges now are raising the money to pay the mortgage and to restore it.

  5. Hello Craighead crusaders! I have admired this home from Old York Road since moving to Pine Road in 2008. I have been very curious about the home and it’s fate. I’m very happy to see it on the road to recovery! I’d love to see the home if you are making any tours available to the public! I have already submitted my information to become a volunteer. Thank you and continued success! Julie Quigley

  6. A Summer of Courage:
    Right now I am reading JCG’s Julie of the Wolves with some children in a neighborhood summer learning enrichment program. We have designated this our “summer of courage,” to learn more about how it takes courage to face adversity and make dreams happen. If the house is safe, I’d love to schedule a tour and read some of the book right on site in the author’s home with these kids. For years my husband and I have taken pleasure just in knowing a bit about the Craigheads’ presence in our area. Yes, we join the interest group to do something special with this property–may it be your summer of courage as you move forward.

    • Craighead House is the late Victorian house that was built in 1886 by Charles C. Craighead for his bride, Agnes Miller. It sits on a small part of the original John Craighead tract along the Yellow Breeches. A group of local citizens formed a committee last year to acquire and restore the house to its former glory. Craighead House Committee now owns the house.

  7. Johnny and Dave, I am so happy to learn of this restoration project. My students read Jean’s books, and now we give them to younger readers in the family. Summers along the Yellow Breeches were among the best parts of my childhood.

  8. You are cordially invited to Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club’s potluck and annual membership meeting. It will be Thursday, March 13, beginning at 6 pm, at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1 North Hanover St., Carlisle. At about 7 pm, we will have a brief annual meeting to elect officers and directors for the new year. Note: ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND, but only current members of CVATC are eligible to vote at the membership meeting.

    We will also have a speaker to talk about the Craighead house. The Craighead House is the late Victorian house built in 1886 by Charles C. Craighead for his bride, Agnes Miller. It sits on a small part of the original John Craighead tract along the Yellow Breeches about three miles from Boiling Springs. A group of local citizens formed a committee last year to acquire and restore the house to its former glory. The Craighead House Committee now owns the house. Follow THIS LINK to learn more about the house and its history.

    If you are attending, please bring a dish to share. The Club will provide plates, cups and utensils. The Club officers and directors have agreed to bring a variety of drinks, meats, vegetables, etc. to insure that we will not have all desserts to eat (as if that would be a bad thing!!). Please register by March 1 if you plan to attend. Club members: Either register at the Meetup site Day Hikers of Central PA or through the Club as described in the newsletter. Please don’t do both to avoid double counting.

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