This April, explore Franklin County’s history during Spring into History!
Take in Native American artifacts, frontier forts, stops on the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War invasions! With 70 Pennsylvania designated history sites and nationally designated historic districts in the downtowns of Chambersburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, Franklin County has plenty of history to fill the month.
SPRING INTO HISTORY BOOK
Follow along through history with the Spring into History book! Coming SOON!
Monday, April 2
Coyle Free Library
Thursday, April 5
Blue Ridge Summit Library
Monday, April 16
Grove Family Library
Thursday, April 19
Coyle Free Library
Join us for interactive, fun and free ways to celebrate the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Spring into History month this April by painting and hiding rocks!
Join us as well for a day-long rock hiding & finding mission at our county’s historic locations including the James Buchanan Memorial, Old Jail and much more!
Or Decorate Your Own & Tag Your Pics with #historyrocksfcvb!
HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT
Take part in a county-wide hunt to get closer to Franklin County’s history from April 1 through April 30! Follow along with this scavenger hunt and complete 20 of the items and return it to the Visitors Bureau to win a special Spring into History prize! LINK TO SCAVENGER HUNT TO COME!
Flat Ben, Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley, is returning to ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com for 2018. Download him, color him, and photograph him at favorite Franklin County sites. Share his pix with #FlatBen.
Browse these upcoming special events that walk through history!
10 AM – 4 PM
MONTEREY PASS BATTLEFIELD MUSEUM OPENING DAY
Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum is opening for its tourism season on April 7!
The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park is a 125 acre natural, cultural & historical park located in Washington Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania that preserves a small portion of Pennsylvania’s second largest Civil War battle. The history of the area dates back to 1747, when immigrants looking for a new life traveled through the area to Appalachia on the Great Wagon Road. Monterey Pass Battlefield Park along with both Rolando Woods Park and Happel’s Meadow Wetlands share an abundance of natural resources, including forest lands, wetlands, and diverse ecosystems, preserving more than 225 acres of land.
Also going on April 7 is Park Day, where volunteers can help keep up with trail maintenance and park cleanup. Volunteers are asked to bring their own personal safety equipment for light duty and trail work. The first twenty volunteers get a free Civil War Trust Park Day t-shirt.
3 PM – 7 PM
END OF STARVATION FEAST AT CONOCOCHEAGUE INSTITUTE
The Pioneers at Rock Hill Farm were always grateful to see the end of the harsh winter and may have celebrated with a hearty meal of food still available in the root cellar. Join us for a feast of roast pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, baked apples, fresh bread, and pumpkin pie.
3:00 — Lecture & Discussion by Dan Guzy-Grist Mills of Conococheague Creek and its Tributaries near Mercersburg
4:00 — Social Hour with Mountain Dulcimer music by Chuck Holland
5:00—7:00 — Dinner-Catering by Romeo’s and Tea Time Tasties
$40/person RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Space is limited, contact us by April 2
717-328-3467 or events@CIMLG.org
April 7 & April 21
10AM – 4PM
CHAMBERSBURG VOLUNTEER FIREMAN’S MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
The Chambersburg Volunteer Fireman’s Museum is holding open houses April 7 and April 21 from 10am to 4pm! The museum has fire apparatus, trucks and cars, ribbons, replicas of fire engines, trophies, marching uniforms used by bands that the fire companies once had and a vehicle used during the Burning of Chambersburg in 1864.
GLORIA SWIFT AT ALLISON ANTRIM MUSEUM
Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA, will hold its Speaker’s Meeting in the Barn. Gloria Swift, retired from the National Park Service, was the curator at The Ford’s Theater Museum. She will present a PowerPoint, “Secrets Revealed! Museum Objects Tell All!” This program takes a close look, via photographs, at several of the unique artifacts from the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, which are now included in the collection of The Ford’s Theater Museum. The focus of the program is on the objects themselves. What kind of “life” did they lead immediately after the assassination? What happened to them? And finally, how did they make their way back to Ford’s Theater National Historic Site to become part of the museum? After this fun and enlightening program, you’ll never look at a museum object in the same way again!
April 6-8, 20-22
The Old Jail
ESCAPE THE OLD JAIL
“Break Out of the 1880 Jail with the Gold Bar” – we’re back with a new escape room theme here at the Old Jail! Teams of 6-8 people will escape our 1880 cell block AND find the hidden gold bar. Can you do it in under an hour?
Teams must preregister and prepay to reserve a slot. You will use clues and puzzles to make your way out of cells and the main cell block. This event is appropriate for mature children and up – you will be locked in a small cell. This event is not gory and has no inappropriate themes.
Call for exact times and details. 717-264-1667
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
4 PM – 9 PM
RENFREW MUSEUM OPENING DAY
The 2018 season at Renfrew Museum will kick off with Becky Dietrich’s “Flora, Fauna and Folkways of Earlier Time” art show. Dietrich and other local artists will showcase their artwork in the wagon shed. The art show will run through June 30, 2018.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
9 AM – 2 PM
PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE ARCHIVES & MUSEUM
Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum holds their Spring Open House on Saturday, April 14. They will be having a special book sale with $5.00 off selected books on local history such as Waynesboro, Shady Grove, Quincy, Mont Alto, the South Mountain Sanitorium, South Mountain Fire Company and more!
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
1 PM – 3 PM
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD PRESENTATION BY BOB O’CONNER
Author Bob O’Connor, in conjunction with the African American History Association, will speak on the Underground Railroad on Saturday, April 14 from 1:00-3:00pm. This event will take place at the John Brown House, 225 East King Street, Chambersburg. This event is free and all are welcome! Call 717-264-1667 for information.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, FRIDAY APRIL 27 & FRIDAY MAY 4
1 PM – 3 PM
INTRO TO GENEALOGY
Join us for a genealogy workshop focusing on different types of county court records and learn how to research courthouse records and archives! Topics will include estate records (wills and probate), Orphan’s Court (estate settlements, guardians, appraisements), and land records (deeds and tax records). Our presenters are Pam Anderson, professional genealogist and Society volunteer, Justin McHenry, Director of the Franklin County Archives and Society board member, and Michele Wade, long-time researcher, Society board member and library volunteer. You may sign up for any of the individual sessions or all three.
Friday, April 20 – ($20) Introduction to county records and repositories at the Franklin County Historical Society (Old Jail Library)
Friday, April 27 – ($15) Guided research at the Franklin County Archives (Franklin Farm Lane)
Friday, May 4 – ($15) Guided research at the Franklin County Courthouse
For questions about the workshops specifically, contact Pam at 717.597.1345 / Pam@AndersonCoGen.com
YOUTH FISHING RODEO AT RED RUN LAKE
Children aged 3 to 13 can enjoy the Youth Fishing Rodeo at Red Run Lake, Red Run Park, Rouzerville, PA. The event is part of Waynesboro’s Bicentennial Celebration’s going on throughout the year!
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., Fishing Rodeo is from 10:00-12:00 p.m.
This event is FREE and all youth must provide their own fishing equipment and bait.
Trout fish will be stocked for the rodeo. For more information call or text Harry Geesaman, 717-860-3838.
10 AM – 4 PM
THE OLD JAIL OPEN HOUSE
The Old Jail opens its doors for its annual Spring into History open house! Enjoy free guided tours of the Old Jail by a docent including the original 1818 building, dungeon, newer cells, annex and a yard enclosed by a 20-foot high limestone wall. Several rooms of the original jail and part of the newer cell block comprise a museum of historical artifacts from Franklin County. Experience the story of the jail through interpretation and the history of crime and punishment in the Cumberland Valley.
11 AM – 4 PM
EARTH DAY & FESTIVAL OF ART
Renfrew Institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art is a full day of discovery, education, music, and art. Held in conjunction with the event, the annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picnic area of the park. The celebration includes dozens of exhibitor displays featuring everything from gardening and geology to eco-friendly products and services. In addition to environmental exhibits and activities, area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the Festival of Art. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery and more. Earth themes will be in the spotlight.
A food stand will offer hot dogs, beverages, baked goods & other tasty items for sale, and attendees may picnic in the park. Proceeds benefit the Institute. Parking is available next to the visitors center and in the lower lot off Welty Road. Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School. For more information call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit www.renfrewinstitue.org.