Great outdoors! Great history! Great entertainment! Great relaxation! Your great moments are waiting in Franklin County. Let the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau help you plan your visit to the beautiful Cumberland Valley.

Renfrew Museum & Park featured on ABC27


The most recent addition to ABC27’s “Lets Go Places” segment, which explores places to visit in the nearby area, is Waynesboro’s Renfrew Museum & Park!

During the segment, parts of the museum and park featured include the Fahnestock Barn, the Nicodemus  home including artifacts and clothing and the summer kitchen. Visitors can learn more about the sites by taking a virtual tour through QR codes located throughout the property.

“Sometimes we just need to slow down a little bit and relax and enjoy things and that’s what we hope people feel when they visit here,” said Dade Royer, executive director of the Renfrew Museum and Park.

Click here to view the video: http://abc27.com/2015/11/17/renfrew-museum-and-park/


Small Business Saturday in Franklin County

Franklin County communities are gearing up for Small Business Saturday, an event held the day after Black Friday that celebrates locally-owned businesses and supports communities.

On Saturday, November 28, the communities of Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Waynesboro and Greencastle will be holding different events and specials in coordination with the event.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. will give more than $2,000 away in downtown dollars to shoppers who present a receipt for $25 or more dated November 28, 2015 from a Downtown Chambersburg business. Visitors can shop downtown all day during this time and many businesses will have one-day specials.

Listed below are some of the specials from Franklin County businesses on November 28:


bistro 71 logoBistro 71

71 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201


SALE/SPECIAL: 10% off all appetizers


static1.squarespaceC6 Gallery

675 Mower Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202


Open Saturday 1pm to 4pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Open house event with paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, stained glass, holiday wreaths and more!

cafe d italia logoCafe d’italia

9 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201


Open Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SALE/SPECIAL: $2 off entire bill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Boost-Mobile-LogoCentral PA Wireless- Boost Mobile

166 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA


SALE/SPECIAL: 50% off cases and accessories through the end of the year



Crown Vetch Cottage

27 South Carlisle Street, Greencastle, PA 17225


Open Saturday 9am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Items in the store will be 25% off with 15% off of vintage and rustic furniture in the store.


doh nuh t company logoThe Doh-Nuh T Company

108 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, PA 17201


Open Saturday 7 am to 2pm

SALE/SPECIAL: $1 off any dozen donuts



the foundry logoThe FOUNDRY

100 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 264-7101

Open Saturday 9am to 6pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Art demonstrations and kids’ craft activities throughout the day


Gartenberg Jewelry logoGartenberg Jewelry

133 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201


Open Saturday 9:30am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 30% off in-stock merchandise



The Gift Enclosure

78 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 264-1695

Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Vera Bradley throw blankets for buy one, get 1/2 off; retired Vera Bradley styles are 50% off and select items will be on sale in the store for $11.28.

Here's Looking at You

Here’s Looking at You

123 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 253-8529

Open Saturday 9am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 50% off Krinkles ornaments, 20% off Thymes products, 20% off any single regular priced item, free gift packaging


innerbeautylogoInner Beauty

38 West Baltimore Street, Greencastle, PA 17225

(717) 643-0035

Open Saturday 10am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Free gift wrap special. For those purchasing Brighton products, there is a promotion going on for a JOY tote.


James Shoes




James Shoes

76 West Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268

(717) 762-1945

Open Saturday 10am to 4pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Sale priced shoes are 50%


Jan Zell Wines

Jan Zell Wines

251 Grant Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 553-9756

Open Saturday noon to 8pm

SALE/SPECIAL: A special $19 Cranberry-Muscato holiday release special, limited quantities and while supplies last. This wine is semi-sweet, tart and pairs wonderfully with turkey, chicken or duck.


Joyful ArtsJoyful Arts Studio

21 East Baltimore Street, Greencastle, PA 17225

(717) 658-2117

Open Saturday 10am to 4:30pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Joyful Arts will be offering a Make-it, Take-it ornament painting project during the day. One ornament will be $8 and two for $15. No registration is required and beginners are welcome.


lotus-moon-logoLotus Moon Gallery & Yoga

27 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 261-0797

Open Saturday 10am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Sales on body products, candles and yoga passes


ludwigs logoLudwig’s Jewelers

121 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201


Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 20% off all day Saturday


lyons & company logoLyon’s & Company

83 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 263-9254

Open Saturday 9am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 20% off all regular priced merchandise


main street deli logoMain Street Deli & Catering

33 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 267-2501

Open Saturday 8am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 10% off entire bill from 11am to 3pm


Merle Norman Cosmetics

Merle Norman Cosmetics

127 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 264-1791

Open Saturday 10am to 3pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Limited edition collection priced at $37.50 with $50 purchase. The collection is loaded with anti-aging skin care, eye makeup and lip colors.


nathan miller logoNathan Miller Chocolate

140 North Third Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 496-8229

Open Saturday 8am to 8pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Complimentary Madagascar Vanilla Marshmallows on all hot cocoas, caramel lattes, vanilla lattes and chai lattes, plus special chocolate samples of Good Food Award Finalist, The Gingerbread Bar.


northwood books logoNorthwood Books

59 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 267-0606

Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: Complimentary cookies with purchase


olympia logoOlympia Candy Kitchen

43 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 263-3282

Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 50% off Christmas wreaths & garlands, 30% off Old World ornaments, 30% off fall gifts, and more!



13 South Main Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236


Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 30% off purchase of $75 or more and enter to win a $75 gift certificate


Travelers TrunkTravelers Trunk

103 South Carlisle Street, Greencastle, PA 17225

(717) 658-4853

Open Saturday 10am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: 20% products in the shop (some exclusions apply), Christmas items 25% off


tuscarora mountain winery logoTuscarora Mountain Winery

25 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, PA 17201

(717) 261-9463

Open Saturday 10am to 8pm

SALE/SPECIAL: $1 off per bottle


Upscale ConsignmentUpScale Consignment Shop

24 West Franklin Street, Greencastle, PA 17225

(717) 593-9777

Open Saturday 9am to 5pm

SALE/SPECIAL: With the purchase of a pair of jeans or slacks, get ½ price off a shirt, blouse of sweater.


Waynesboro Hospital Gift Shop

501 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268

Hospital phone number 717-765-4000

SALE/SPECIAL: 20% off all their holiday items on this day and on Saturday, December 5.


For updated coupons, holiday happenings and specials, make sure to download the Franklin County Visitors Bureau mobile application in the Google Play Store and on iTunes.








Historic Martin’s Mill Covered Bridge Reopens in Southern Franklin County

Since the early 1700s, Franklin County PA was America’s frontier, and one of the earliest families to settle along this part of the frontier was the Johnston family. Dr. Robert Johnston was the original owner of the tract of land on which Martins mill bridge is located. Dr Johnston served as a surgeon in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, where he befriended George Washington. In fact, when Washington was on his way to put down the Whiskey Rebellion, Dr Johnston entertain him along with Alexander Hamilton at his home in Greencastle.

Years later, a subsequent owner of the land, Samuel Martin, built a sawmill and grist mill on the land along the Conococheague Creek. Martins mill bridge was constructed to replace a creek fording, which became impossible to cross when the creek’s water was high. Bridges in Franklin County PA are the responsibility of the county, so the Franklin County Commissioners  contracted Jacob Shirk to construct the bridge in 1848. The wood used to construct the bridge was sawed at the Martins Mill, hence the name Martin’s Mill Bridge.

The trusses of the bridge use the design of Ithiel Town, a Connecticut architect who popularized the use of a truss consisting of a lattice of heavy timber with each crisscrossing intersection pinned with a minimum of two, 2-inch diameter wooden pins. Such construction could bear a span of up to 200 feet without additional support. The Martin’s Mill Bridge is 205 feet. Bridge constructor Jacob Shirk wanted to assure sturdy construction and added a stone support halfway across the bridge.

Martin’s Mill Bridge was nearly swept away by the Conococheague Creek in June 1972 when Hurricane Agnes created powerful floodwaters. Local engineering firm Nassaux Hemsley and hydraulic crane construction company Grove Manufacturing work together on the reconstruction. Adding the labor of local volunteers, the US Army 377th Engineer Battalion, and the US Army 357 transportation company made the reconstruction of Martin’s Mill bridge possible. It was rededicated in June 1973.

The bridge was recently rededicated in mid-October after a fourth renovation was completed. The process of planning and funding the fourth renovation began in 2007. Total cost to renovate Martin’s Mill Bridge was $1.1 of which $700,000 was allocated from the Federal Highway Administration Covered Bridge Preservation Program, according to a Antrim Township documents.  The project was directed by P. Joseph Lehman Inc. Consulting Engineers of Hollidaysburg, PA. Work included installation of a steel support beam, new siding and portals, replacement of the roof, replacement of decayed wooden structural pieces, and staining.

Martin’s Mill Bridge is one of two covered bridges in Franklin County with the another– Witherspoon Bridge–located near Mercersburg PA. Martins Mill Bridge is the second largest covered bridge in the state of Pennsylvania and the largest lattice truss bridge. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is located at Martin’s Mill Bridge Park, which includes picnic tables, grills a pavilion, restroom facilities and access to the Conococheague Creek for kayaking. It is a dawn to dusk facility.

Student Life in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover


I have attended school in the Franklin County area since I was three years old. Starting with pre-school at a local church in Waynesboro, PA to attending middle school and high school in Chambersburg, undertaking dual enrollment classes at Wilson College (while still in high school) to ending my long journey by achieving my Bachelors of Business at Shippensburg University.

There are so many countless opportunities that lie within the area, especially for someone like me that did not want to move away from home while going to college. Even if you aren’t eligible for the college life yet, the school districts around the region are one-of-a-kind. The Chambersburg Area Senior High School or otherwise known as CASHS is where I have made all my memories as a young teen. Other great schools are Greencastle, Waynesboro and Mercersburg Academy.

The colleges that surround Franklin County would be Penn State Mon Alto, Wilson College and Shippensburg University. Some of the smaller and further distance ones would be Harrisburg Area Community College and Hagerstown Community College. All of which are great options and so many to choose from. We are in such a great location with many of these schools right at our fingertips.

As I finish out my last year of college at Shippensburg University, I look back on the many years I have spent here in this beautiful town and realize all the wonderful memories I have made. I also come to appreciate all the knowledge I have gained without moving hundreds of miles away to achieve it.

Trail Riding in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover

Riding in Franklin County’s majestic mountains on the back of a horse is absolutely breath taking. Franklin County has many options for riding one of the most popular is Caledonia State Park: Michaux Forest which is part of the Appalachian Trail.  A few other locations such as Steel House Hollow in which you can see across several valleys and Tea Berry trail (a part of South Mountain).

Located close to Franklin County is Gettysburg which gives a historical riding experience.  It’s just magical being able to ride right through Pickets Charge, Devils Den and close to the Eisenhower farm.   Another option is Rail-for-trails which was created to have a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines. This is a very popular riding trail.  There are many versatile trails in Franklin County for you to choose from.

My family and I have ridden in many other locations but Franklin County is one of our favorites simply because of the beautiful mountain trials and scenery.




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