It has come down through history as Diffley’s Point along North Hanover Street in Carlisle.

This offset intersection where North East and Clay streets meet has always been a tricky traffic pattern.

This week’s Tour Through Time focuses on the then and now of the building plot now occupied by the Better View Windows Doors Patio Rooms store.

Vintage photographs stored at the Cumberland County Historical Society trace the origins of the name to John Diffley, a wholesale oil dealer who lived in a three-story house at the crossroads.

Notes accompanying the photographs mention that the house was built by the Diffley family and that it was listed in the 1876 city guide as John’s residence.

A keyword search on newspapers.com turned up the following snippets of information related to both the intersection and the house:

  • On Dec. 20, 1935, The Sentinel reported that the house was constructed many years ago by the late James Porter, a prominent local builder. It was enlarged in 1925 and converted into the Twin Pine apartment house.
  • The 1935 article said the apartment house property would be leased to Sinclair Oil Co., which had plans to demolish the building to make way for a service station.
  • Nearly six years later, on July 11, 1941, The Sentinel reported that borough council was lobbying the state Highway Department to lower the speed limit down to 25 mph along the length of North Hanover Street.
  • The 1941 article said Diffley’s Point is located where Hanover Street becomes the Harrisburg Pike. “Cars coming into town have legal right to travel up to 50 miles per hour until reaching the borough line,” the article reads. “Unfortunately for the drivers of the numerous cars which have cracked up there the line is on a curve.”

Tour Through Time runs every Saturday in The Sentinel print edition. Reporter Joseph Cress will work with Historical Society staff each week to offer a look at Cumberland County through the years. Send any questions, future ideas or tips to Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.


Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.