May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) honors veterans and military members during May for Military Appreciation Month and invites all to explore the military history of Franklin County. Discover sites of military history in the self-guided tour of Franklin County Military Trail. Download from the FCVB website here. Learn and explore nearly 300 years of Franklin County’s military history.

Grove Family Library on Ragged Edge Road in Chambersburg celebrates Military Month with a series of special events in May. All events are held at the library.

  • Vietnam Veteran Lou Lerda will speak about his experiences as a member of the Special Operations Helicopter Company of the Army on May 2, 2 PM to 3:30 PM.
  • Learn more about World War I as Judith Redline discusses her father, Kenneth Redline, and his book, Dig or Die. Redline, a resident of Altoona PA, participated in every major engagement of the American Expeditionary Forces and received Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star.
  • A special screening of Thank You For Your Service will take place on May 9, 2 PM to 4 PM.

Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19 is the Annual Community POW/MIA Service of Remembrance at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel, Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg, which adjoins the Franklin County Veterans Park. The service begins at 11 AM.

CASHS Naval Junior R.O.T.C. Cadets will present the colors. The guest speaker will be Colonel Alexander P. (Al) Shine, U.S. Army (Retired) who retired in 1990 after 27 years of distinguished global service with the U.S. Army. Participants in the service will include Colonel Stephen Ledbetter, Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, who will present welcoming remarks. Cheryl Wauls, President of the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area, area clergy and laypersons will also take part in the service. Special music for the service will be provided by the Community Chorus directed by Marcel Coates and by Freda Dorand, Organist, First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead military honors in front of the Chapel when the service concludes. The service is sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area.

During Military Appreciation Month—learn, honor, and remember the military service that Franklin County citizens committed to their country.

Celebrates History, Art & Scenic Beauty with Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail

Celebrates History, Art & Scenic Beauty with Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail

With the support of local quilters, Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is starting Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail as another way to explore Franklin County. At the heart of the Cumberland Valley, Franklin County became home to thousands of German and Swiss farmers, who built the well-known bank barns of the valley. Using replicas of quilt squares on the barns or historic sites, Stitches in Time spotlights agricultural history, architecture, and the beauty of the county’s farm land. The trail will bring together quilters, artists, and history enthusiasts to tell the special stories of Franklin County.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is seeking county property owners with existing barn squares and property owners who want to host a barn square. In addition to barns and sites of history, the barn quilt squares can be affixed to homes, landmarks, or businesses. Property owners can select a classic quilt square design, create their own, or seek support from quilters and artists working with FCVB.

The quilt squares are painted on plywood with exterior paint and can be 2-ft. x 2-ft., 4-ft.x4-ft., or 8-ft. x 8-ft. Larger squares are used when properties are further from the road, so the quilt square is visible. FCVB is also seeking individual artists and groups of artists to paint the squares.

Download an application at www.explorefranklincountypa.com/home/barn-quilt-trail/ to get started hosting a square, painting a square, helping as an installer, or donating supplies for the barn squares.

FCVB hopes to launch the trail in October in conjunction with the move to its new location, the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg. FCVB plans a fall tour of the trail.

Cover It! A Franklin County Photo Contest

Cover It! A Franklin County Photo Contest

Calling all picture takers to Franklin County PA for the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Photo Contest. The buds of spring are slowly popping. So, grab a camera and start taking all those beautiful vistas, landmarks, and iconic shots of Franklin County because the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is selecting a cover shot for its 2018-2019 Franklin County Visitors Guide Capture the essence of  Franklin County for the Franklin County Visitors Bureaus Cover It: Franklin County’s Great Moments Photo Contest.  The winning photo will be the cover of the 2015 Franklin County Visitors Guide.

Travel the trails of Franklin County through acres of farmland and forests. Trek back to frontier settlements and forts, stopovers along the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War raids and invasions. Woven between these stories of America’s history are the verdant, rolling hills and azure skies, old-fashioned ice cream shops, bakeries with shoo-fly pies and sticky buns; orchards in blossom; theatres and inns, meandering trails and streams, golf courses, and charming towns. Capture the photo that best showcases Franklin County and not only will the photo be the cover of the 2018 visitors guide, but the photographer will win $250 in cash.

In addition, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is seeking photos for, Franklin Fresh: The Fresh Food & Dining Guide of Franklin County PA and On The Move in Franklin County Rec Guide. Two $100 prizes will be awarded to the top “fresh food” and “on the move” photos.

The contest kicks off May 1 and runs for just two weeks. It is easy to enter:

  • Complete an entry form for each photo submitted. Also, if the photo has an identifiable person, please have the subject complete the personal release section of the entry form.
  • Email the entry form and photo to: jpollard@explorefranklincountypa.com. Or, mail the photo along with the entry form to Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 South Main Street, Suite 100, Chambersburg, PA 1720. You can also drop it at the office from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday, or use the mail slot any time.

Up to 15 photos per photographer are allowed.

Photo Contest Form and Subject Release

Questions…please contact the visitors bureau at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060. All submissions must be received by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau by May 14 at 4 PM. Good luck!

Battle of Monterey Pass

Battle of Monterey Pass

Fought during the retreat of Gettysburg, the Battle of Monterey Pass is the second largest Civil War battle fought on Pennsylvania soil with 10,000 from both Union and Confederate forces. The fight took place in the late hours of July 4, 1863 and the early hours of July 5, 1863 during solid darkness and a torrential downpour on a precarious mountainside, spanning two states and four counties.

After the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee was faced with returning troops, supplies, artillery, wagons, and wounded across South Mountain to Virginia. From July 3 to July 6, the retreating Confederate troops moved across South Mountain. There were two routes the Confederate army took.  One was along the Chambersburg Pike to Cashtown, onto Greenwood—today known as Fayetteville—and south to Hagerstown. A shorter route traveled winding mountain roads through Fairfield Gap and across Monterey Pass to Hagerstown.

A twenty-mile train of Conestoga-style wagons retreated on the longer route through Cashtown and was led by Brigadier General John Imboden. With so much rain, there was much mud. The multitude and weight of the wagons made an arduous and long retreat.

The exodus via the shorter route through Fairfield Gap and across Monterey Pass did not escape the terrible impacts of the rain. Men marched on flooded roads and thick mud. In many Confederate soldier’s diaries and letters, it was referred to as Mount Misery or the quagmire. The conditions made night travel even more dangerous because visibility was so limited.

On July 4, Union troops led by General Judson Kirkpatrick removed the Confederate sentries at Fairfield and were able to advance toward Monterey Pass. Brigadier General George Custer charged the Confederates with the 6th Michigan Cavalry, allowing Kilpatrick’s men to reach and attack the wagon train. Ultimately, the Union forces captured more than 1300 Confederate men and destroyed nine miles of wagons.

Today, the site of the battle is along PA Route 16, just east of Waynesboro. The battlefield land is preserved by the local municipality, Washington Township, and houses the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum, open weekends from April to November. The museum interprets Civil War history, depicts details of the Battle of Monterey Pass, and portrays the historical significance of the region.

Kick Off 2018 First Fridays in Chambersburg on May 4

Kick Off 2018 First Fridays in Chambersburg on May 4

The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will present the start of 2018’s First Friday events on Friday May 4th from 5-8pm.  Just as “Star Wars” fans around the world celebrate “May the Fourth”, Chambersburg’s May 4th First Friday events will feature a Star Wars theme as well, sponsored by Noelker & Hull.  For more details, call 717-658-4372 or check the Facebook page of the Downtown Business Council. (more…)