Craighead House in Carlisle honors the past, plants seeds for the future

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – In the age of smartphones, hundreds of streaming services and heightened attention on space travel, there is something that feels elementally important about reconnecting with nature exactly where we stand.

The Craighead House in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is a rare oasis that offers a chance to feel this connection.

Walking through the trellis is like entering a portal back in time. To the right, you are greeted by the modern privy garden where an endangered monarch butterfly was busy on Aug. 10 fueling up on milkweed.

In front of you on the path sits the infamous Craighead House, which has been restored back to its original 1930s state. Around the large, half wrap-around porch is another garden where bees were busy in the mountain mint.

At the back of the house is an herb garden that is currently in its beginning phase.

Once you come around the back of the house, you are greeted with the view of the creek. Visitors are welcome to wade in the water or make use of one of the free canoes. This brings you back to the entrance to the Craighead land. The final, and newest, garden is situated at the front next to the old railroad tracks where butterfly weed, and a variety of other plants, are starting to develop.

There is a stage with seating in between the new garden and the creek where Ann Dailey shared the story of this magical homestead to the master gardeners in attendance for the tour.

“It was about maybe 10-12 years ago that the house was falling down, and a group of people got together to raise funds to turn it into a nature center based on the ideals of the Craighead family,” said Dailey.

Saying that the Craighead family were nature

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