The Hessian Powder Magazine

The Hessian Powder Magazine (HMZ8W)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.423', W 77° 10.69'

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The Hessian Powder Magazine was constructed at Carlisle Barracks in 1777 during the American War for Independence from the British government. Carlisle was a growing depot in support of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. The magazine stored valuable gunpowder, cannon shot and small arms, far beyond the range of British ships along the coast. Local histories indicate that some construction was the work of Hessian soldiers interned at Carlisle after capture by Washington's forces during the December 1776 Battle of Trenton.

The building and its functions have changed with time and local missions. The covered gallery, chimneys and roof ventilators of the 18th century have long been removed. The iron doors were added in the mid-19th century when the building was converted to use as the Hessian Guard House. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School used the building from 1879 to 1918. During the early 20th century, it was used primarily for storage until converted in 1948 back to an approximation of its former appearance. The Hessian Powder Magazine structure is an eloquent reminder of the enduring nature of the United States and its Army.

HM NumberHMZ8W
Placed ByU.S. Army War College, Class of 2005
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 8:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 314627 N 4453013
Decimal Degrees40.20705000, -77.17816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.423', W 77° 10.69'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 25.38" N, 77° 10' 41.40" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24-98 Guardhouse Ln, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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