This week’s Tour Through Time takes a look at the Watts Farm, which is on the Ritner Highway on the west end of Carlisle.

The Frederick Watts Farm was a 116-acre tract that was a model farm created 1857-67 by this agricultural reformer. Watts was the first president of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Society, 1851; a founder of the Farmers’ High School (now Penn State); and U.S. commissioner of Agriculture, 1871-76. The farm remained until 1988. Its site selection, layout and building designs reflected Watts’s pioneering ideas on farm efficiency.

Tour Through Time will run Saturdays in the Sentinel as a joint project with the Cumberland County Historical Society. Sentinel photographer Michael Bupp will work with staff at the Historical Society each week to offer a look at Carlisle and the surrounding area through the years.

Please contact the Cumberland County Historical Society at 717-249-7610 with any information pertaining to these images. Please send future ideas or suggestions to mbupp@cumberlink.com.

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