About the Inn
Thank you for your interest in the Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast. Uniquely situated in the Downtown Historic District of Carlisle, PA, we are just three miles from the Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) exit, and a half-mile from exit 47 on Interstate 81. Carlisle is located at the confluence of several major roads including I-81, I-76, PA-641, PA-74, PA-34 and PA-11. Before the advent of the automobile, Carlisle served as the stepping off point for travelers heading West through the various gaps in the Appalachian Mountains.
Our inn is actually two adjoining homes, the older built in 1826 and the newer in 1884. Although we have tried to keep the ambience of a classic Federal style home, the amenities, luxuries, and the convenience of our location cannot be matched by any other inn or hotel in the area. We invite you to find out about us by using the options at the top of this page.
As a Select Registry inn, we strive to provide the ultimate in concierge service, and the very best accommodations and lodging experience in the region.
Select Registry-Quality Assurance Inspection
Not all have what it takes to pass the inspections. So this process provides a guarantee to travelers that a Select Registry inn is in a class of its own. A recent Internet directory identified over 20,000 country inns and B&Bs in the United States and Canada. Only a select few are members of the Select Registry. No other online directory or organization of innkeepers has a comparable inspection program. With its rigorous inspection program, Select Registry has established quality as a hallmark of its member properties.
Rap at the Door! Pennsylvania Style…Rap Video
Carlisle House is featured in a RAP VIDEO? You’d better believe it! This is a fun watch, and when it gets to 2:17 – don’t blink! Thanks to Erin Frances, our niece, for finding this for us!
There IS a Better Way To Stay!
Is this what your last hotel breakfast looked like? Perhaps it’s time you found a better way to stay. Visit http://www.betterwaytostay.com and discover today’s inns and bed and breakfasts. Where breakfast is something special and sneeze muffins can be a thing of the past.
Select Registry Undercover Inspectors – the “Secret Sleepers”
The inspectors arrive anonymously, spend the night, and evaluate the inn based on a detailed point system, which translates into a pass/fail grade for the inn. Inns applying for membership are inspected periodically as are existing member inns.
Real Breakfasts at Today’s B&Bs!
Those “hot” breakfasts served at chain hotels are always a bit… how to say it… lacking. Discover a REAL meal, made from scratch by innkeepers, at one of today’s modern inns and bed and breakfasts.
Based on the Corvette Parade
Each year at the end of August, Carlisle Events Inc (aka Cars at Carlisle) produce the Corvettes at Carlisle Show, the largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world! The highlight of the show is the Corvette Parade on the Saturday evening when up to 400 of the finest Corvettes parade into Downtown Historic Carlisle, and park all the way from Hanover and South Streets to Hanover and North Streets, with overflow on High Street, both East and West! During this Parade, show-goers often discover for the first time the amazing range of restaurants and specialty stores in our Historic town. Some of them also enjoy the Select Registry benefits of staying at our Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast!
History of the Inn
On January 1st of 1809, a 20-year-old penniless Carlisle native by the name of Andrew Blair hired on for three months for the sum of $9 per month with Joseph Hays, a tanner and currier at 148 South Hanover Street. The 1st of April, he was hired again for twelve months at $12 a month and was made manager of the tanning yard. One year later, he entered a three-year partnership with Hays and fell in love with and married Joseph Hays’ daughter on March 31, 1812. With his successful management of the business, he borrowed $8000 in 1813 to purchase over 21,000 square feet of the Hanover Street land from Hays.
Thirteen years later, in 1826, he took down the small building in which they lived and for a bit more than $3000, built the Federal-style home which is today called the Carlisle House. The Victorian features, such as the front window pediments, stairway curlicues and fancy newel posts were added in the 1880s by the family of Anna Woods, the succeeding owners. In 1927, William and Jessie Ewing moved their family home and business from West High Street to this home.
Our inn is actually two adjoining homes, the older built in 1826 and the newer in 1884. The first map to which roll at the top of this page is a map of significant properties in Carlisle which was produced for a display marker on the town Square. The “Blair House” is marked as one which no longer exists, and may be the small building referred to above.
The second map was apparently produced in 1884 when the German Reformed Church had moved from its location and the property had been subdivided and sold on. The northern half of the property had been constructed, but the southern half is still shown as an empty lot.
The third map is extracted from the Sanborn map of 1885 which was actually slightly out of date. The Blair House was now owned by William Sterrett Woods, but the lot immediately north which had been shown as empty in the previous map was purchased by David Bailey on February 7, 1884 for $125. It became 144 and 146 South Hanover Street (146 was the nine-foot wide by seventy-foot long first-floor section which now houses our office, and was the present structure which has housed many businesses including a steam laundry, tin wares shop, undertaker, doctor, confectioner and tailor). In the 1940’s the Ewings purchased the property and for some time it was interconnected with 148. Sometime later the two doorways were bricked up and were re-opened in 2005 as part of the new, expanded Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast.
In 1915, another Sanborn Map was issued – these were all for fire insurance purposes by the way – and this clearly shows that Hanover Street is now fully built up, and that the carriage house behind the Carlisle House is there in its current footprint. The fifth and final map shows the Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast as it is today, restored, re-roofed, and the pride of South Hanover Street!
We look forward to hosting you in our Select Registry inn, and to introducing you to all the features of Carlisle, both Historic and Modern.
Hello! We are Tim and Carolyn Carlisle (Honestly! It’s our real last name!) from Winston-Salem in North Carolina, and as of June 1, 2015 we are the new owners and innkeepers of the Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast!
Five generations ago Tim’s forefathers left the city of Carlisle, England, our Carlisle’s mother city and crossed the Atlantic and settled in St. Michaels, MD with one of them venturing south into Carolina where he settled and raised his family.
We both come from the corporate world where we had roles in customer service, and lately as business owners ourselves. We both have a passion for meeting new friends, making great food, and are looking forward to forging new friendships, to absorbing the history of the Cumberland Valley in all its varied aspects and to exploring this rich and interesting area.
We are excited to be here in Carlisle, PA and look forward to welcoming and meeting all our Carlisle House Bed and Breakfast guests .
Tim and Carolyn Carlisle