Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle Barracks
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nancydto
Sioux Falls, SD121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
The Barracks tells stories of our history dating back to the Revolutionary War timeframe to present. Having been the site of several agencies and events there is something of interest for all. The Civil War, Whiskey Rebellion, Indian School, Artillery School and currently home to the US Army War College. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the river and the historical buildings.
Written 11 January 2017
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RFAWBR
Carlisle, PA18 contributions
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A visit to the Carlisle Barracks and the Army Historical and Education Center is a must for anyone interested in American military history. The U.S. Army War College ("Not to promote war but to preserve peace") is on Carlisle Barracks and that alone is a most interesting place, but the Barracks has an even deeper history - long before the War College moved there from Washington, it was the Carlisle Indian School. In the transition from war to peace with the Native American cultures, many young Indians were sent to Carlisle to learn about the white man's world and how to live in it. The famous Olympic athlete, Jim Thorpe, was among them. There is even a small graveyard with many interesting names on the markers. A major part of the Carlisle military experience is the Army Historical and Education Center which is affiliated with the War College. A visit there while in Carlisle is truly a trip back in time. There is even a trail on the property that takes visitors back through war-time scenes such as WWI trenches and WWII barracks. All in all a wonderful area to visit.
Written 20 May 2015
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CyndyandByron
Bridgeton, NJ868 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
The Barracks houses the War College and the former Carlisle Indian Boarding School. We saw dignified soldiers from all over the world coming and going for training classes at the War College. Most of our visit was spent looking at the remaining buildings used by the great American shame of Indian Boarding Schools. Visitors could almost hear the cries of the children as the Founder General Pratt tried to take the Indian out of the man to "civilize" him before the school closed 100 years ago. There was quite a bit of information about Jim Thorpe probably the most famous Native American alumni from this school. We continued on to see the cemetery and graves of children who died without their families while at the school. This was not a wonderful site to see, but it was handled with honesty and sensitivity.
Written 2 October 2018
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Bob F
London, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Though I've been here when I was on active duty, my wife and I stopped and stayed the night awhile ago in the Jim Thorpe room of the installation's hotel. Thorpe was a famous football player. The base is nice and quiet and the PX/Commissary are adequate but can't compare to large military installations. Those without a military ID can't use the facilities, of course, but with adequate identification, should be able to see the historical elements of the camp. Though many of us military retirees live near major bases, this one serves local retirees well.
Written 7 September 2017
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garykramlich
Minneapolis, MN110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Business
This is the home of the US Army War College. If you do not have a current military ID card, it will likely be difficult to enter. That said, it is a great
Written 18 June 2016
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David H
Dayton, OH52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
This is a carefully kept jewel in the military community. Home of the US Army War College and associated institutes, it is also the oldest continually active military base in the nation. It is hard to find information about the post which is a shame. However, it is just grand to drive around the base, visit the Hessian Powder Magazine that dates to the Revolutionary War, the buildings that were standing in the Civil War and the legacy of the base. It is a military base so be sure to bring your registration and insurance in order to get onto the base itself. I quick drive around the place shouldn't take more than an hour. If you've questions, ask anyone you see....they are very friendly and helpful
Written 1 June 2015
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Melodycthomas
Long Island, NY1,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
We first drove through Carlisle town before going onto the base. It is truly a historic with many stone houses built in the 1800s. We then drove into Carlisle Barracks. There are also some very old houses around the post. We looked inside the Hessian Powder Magazine, built in 1777. Jim Thorpe and other Indian children attended school there. I was touched by all the history of the post's past. We then drove over to the U.S. Army Education & Heritage Center and walked the one-mile outdoor display. Amazing. There was a trench system from World War I, a concrete bunker from World War II, a base camp from Vietnam, and several pieces of military equipment sprinkled around the area to include different kinds of tanks, civil war buildings, a helicopters. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk down memory lane.
Written 13 October 2013
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CHARLES V
Vero Beach Fl15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
Spent five years on the War Collage staff - visit every time we visit Carlisle. There is a lot of history being Jim Thorps college and at the time Indian College. You have the smartest people in the military based there. Loved every minute I served the Collage.
Written 23 April 2013
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Kevin C.
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
As an active Department of Defense installation, there are not many areas open to the general public. What is open, especially the cemetery, would prove interesting to students of history. Anyone who does not have a deep interest in history would likely not enjoy it.
Written 22 September 2019
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DMGAmes_Iowa
Ames, IA567 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
I was particularly interested in visiting Carlisle Barracks as an army veteran, a researcher on cemeteries, and Professor of American Indian Studies. We were halted at the entrance to the post - - the Carlisle Indian Boarding School Cemetery to our immediate right facing out onto highway. We were ordered to go across the street to the Army Visitors' Center and get passes to get on post. The guard, polite but demanding, made us turn over photo IDs. We had to wait 20 minutes for him to check us out for a security clearance. Once inside the cemetery, we were fascinated with the associated tragic story of Indian kids being snatched from reservations, divested of their tribal culture, and forced into being White Protestants. Col. Pratt, founder of the school, had the motto "Kill the Indian. Save the man." ADVICE: if you want to see the cemetery or historic buildings on post, you MUST have photo IDs and be prepared to wait for clearance.
Written 21 May 2019
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