The Barefoot Historian...
The first time I saw Carlisle’s historic district I knew I was home...
After a rather "eventful" last combat deployment with the United States Marine Corps, and the subsequent rehabilitation with the Wounded Warrior Battalion, my husband was medically retired. Writing a new life story after such an abrupt and unexpected change was terrifying. The Corps had taken our family all over so I knew could create a life just about anywhere but Carlisle immediately felt like forever. It wasn’t until I started researching my genealogy for my Daughters of the American Revolution application that I found that my family had called this part of Pennsylvania home for almost 300 years—since 1734!
My passion for history began early and served to fuel a curiosity that carried me through a Bachelor’s degree in History & Museum Sciences and a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master's in Procurement & Acquisition Managment. After working in the accounting world for three years I was desperate to get back to my first love. In 2018 I co-founded Carlisle's 1st ghost tour business. Alas, TimeWalker Tours fell victim to the COVID epidemic-and much like the virus, its end was messy and terribly sad for me. For me, I knew that closing the doors on Carlisle's history was something I simply could not do! Too many people live in ignorance of the incredible history all around them and that is unacceptable to me. Besides, I've been digging through Carlisle’s fascinating, lurid, tragic, and oftentimes bloody past for years and I love sharing this knowledge--so I developed a new and improved way to connect with the masses! Building a business on my own allowed me to finally explore avenues that I had my sights on for a while--which means good things for you!
I believe that history is something that needs to be experienced to fully understand and connect with it. Whether it be standing in a historic place, putting on historic garb, embracing historic grooming, living, or cooking customs...we can't truly understand what happen in our past until we make the effort to place ourselves IN it. It won't always be pretty, occasionally it will be uncomfortable, but you'll find yourself a more complete person for taking the time to truly understand.
When I’m not walking the streets in a corset and hoop skirt, you’ll find me working on my second novel, sewing historical costumes or creating historical jewelry...or cutting my teeth on this new fangled thing the kids call "vlogging".
Have a happy, healthy, historical day!
a.k.a. The Barefoot Historian
P.S. I'm also the sitting President of Historic Carlisle, Inc. A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Carlisle's history. Check us out on Facebook or at
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.