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Carlisle Connections: Remnants of History

Antique door knocker

by Kandace Kohr

Carlisle was settled in 1751, contributing to the formation of central Pennsylvania as we know it today. So in a town this old, it’s only natural to find remnants of history within its boundaries. Among the many things that Carlisle is known for—world-renowned car shows, craft breweries and Civil War history—the locals know all of its best-kept secrets, including a collection of antique shops brimming with treasures. Following is a sampling of such shops.

Bedford Street Antiques, located in what used to be home to the Carlisle Garment Factory and a church during the Civil War, boasts more than 100 vendors and is known for its customer service. From local memorabilia to vintage jewelry and clothing, there’s surely something for everyone here! It was voted Best of Carlisle consistently from 2004 to 2014.

If furniture is more your fancy, Antiques on Hanover is not far away. This shop has a 7,000-square-foot showroom and an online catalog. Furniture and styles vary, including Victorian, Chippendale, Empire and Classical. The shop is owned by a couple who moved from Alaska to pursue their dream. They have been collecting since childhood and focus on education in their sales process.

For shoppers seeking something a little quirky, Northgate Antique Mall is across town—look for the giant animal sculptures! One of the oldest antique shops in the Carlisle area, Northgate has been offering a variety of goods for over 26 years. Browse more than 70 dealers, many of whom feature new merchandise daily.

If you’ve ever driven into Carlisle on Route 11, you’ve likely passed the colorful array of items at Lutz’s Antiques. From one-of-a-kind metal sculptures to rare advertising pieces and furniture, this family-owned shop offers an impressive selection of unique vintage pieces. 

Read more from the fall 2019 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published November 18, 2019