Franklin County Visitor's Bureau
CHAMBERSBURG & COUNTRYSIDE
Historic and beautiful, Chambersburg is the seat of justice for Franklin County. Settled in 1734 by Scots-Irish immigrant Benjamin Chambers, Chambersburg has long been known for its excellent location. Majestic Memorial Fountain marks the crossroads of the historic Lincoln Highway—U.S. Route 30—and Route 11. Raided, invaded, and devastated by fire in 1864, the fountain and the bronze sentry are monuments to the soldiers of the Civil War.
MERCERSBURG & COUNTRYSIDE
To visit Mercersburg is to step back in time. As the boyhood home of fifteenth president James Buchanan, Mercersburg offers rich colonial, Underground Railroad, and Civil War history. Settled by James Black, a Scots-Irish immigrant, in 1730, the town was originally called Black’s Town. Take the historic walking tour of downtown, enjoy the wonderful early American architecture, and listen for the lovely 43-bell carillon of the Mercersburg Academy Chapel.
GREENCASTLE & COUNTRYSIDE
Old-fashioned charm and friendliness describe Greencastle perfectly. Located near the Maryland state line along the I-81 corridor, Greencastle was founded in 1782 by John Allison, a personal friend of George Washington. First came the Baltimore turnpike and then the Cumberland Valley Railroad passed through town. Today visitors can glimpse vestiges of the era at the old passenger station along the highline at West Baltimore and Jefferson Streets.
WAYNESBORO & COUNTRYSIDE
A fine-looking old factory town, Waynesboro’s prosperity developed as industry developed. Laid out by John Wallace in 1797, the town was first called Mount Vernon, then Wallacetown, Waynesburg, Waynesborough, and finally Waynesboro in 1831. Part of the unique beauty of Waynesboro is in the difference of the palatial, Victorian-era homes and the simple houses of the working-class people. The 1881 borough hall on Main Street shows the practicality of its residents. Before housing local government, the structure was a fire company, a farmer’s market, and an opera house.
SHIPPENSBURG & COUNTRYSIDE
Another lovely town, settled by Scots-Irish immigrants in the 1730s, Franklin County and Cumberland County share Shippensburg. Named in Norman Crampton’s book, 100 Best Small Towns in America, Shippensburg is well-known as a college town. Throughout all seasons and year after year, beautiful Old Main stands as a hallmark of the University and the town of Shippensburg.
MORE AROUND THE BEND
In addition to the five main communities, Franklin County has some special places with identities all their own. Places like Orrstown, Path Valley, Fannettsburg, and Fort Loudon. If you are someone that just likes to see where the road leads, try visiting one of Franklin County’s towns–around the bend.
WHERE WE ARE
Welcome to Franklin County, situated along I-81, just over the Mason-Dixon line in PA. With reasonable lodging rates and 1300 hotel rooms, Franklin County’s convenient location along with rich history, year-round recreation, and charming small towns makes it a must-see, must-stay on your next travel itinerary.
From Franklin County…
- Gettysburg Battlefield – 25 miles and a 30-minute drive
- Carlisle Car Show – 30 miles and a 35-minute drive
- Harrisburg – 55 miles and a 1-hour drive
- HersheyPark –65 miles and 1-hour drive
- Lancaster -95 miles and 1-hour 40-minute drive
- Baltimore – 100 miles and 1-hour 30-minute drive
- Washington, DC – 95 miles and 1-hour 30-minute drive
- Philadelphia – 150 miles and 2-hour 30 minute drive
- Pittsburgh – 160 miles and a 2-hour and 35-minute drive