Memorial Fountain

Memorial Fountain

Memorial Fountain in the center of Chambersburg is beautiful. It sits on the convergence of two major highways, Route 11 and Route 30—the Molly Pitcher Highway and the Lincoln Highway.

The Memorial Fountain has been standing, on the “diamond” since 1878, to honor the men who fought in the Civil War and as an enduring symbol of rebirth. The cast iron fountain is 26 feet tall and 30 feet wide, with five basins. Eight cast iron posts in the shape of cannon barrels were made at T.B. Wood and Company foundry, weighing 600 pounds each. On March 13, 1968, the fountain received extensive damage when the upper four basins collapsed due to heavy snow and strong winds.

In 1977, a restoration was made for the preservation of the fountain that cost nearly $50,000. The fountain was placed on the list of Pennsylvania Historic Places and in May 1978, was also added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Chambersburg was the only town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to be burned during the Civil War. The soldier that stands at the fountain represents the faithful Union soldier guarding the southern gate of the fountain.

Fountain Coloring Page

Memorial Fountain Word Find

Foto Find Winner Week #1

Foto Find Winner Week #1

Miranda Fox found the daffodil and was chosen at random from all the correct answers. The first week’s prize is a $20 gift certificate to Kenzo Japanese & Asian Fusion Restaurant, 1495 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.  Week Two of Foto Find is underway. This week the hidden photo is a rabbit. It is hidden somewhere on Find out more about the Foto Find here.

Test your observational skills. Can you find it? If you do, make a screen snip of it and email Leisa at Not only will you be able to say you “Found It on,” but you will be entered to win a $20 gift card/certificate from a Franklin County business. (FCVB will mail your prize to you, so we can keep up the fun and winning even when we are practicing social distancing!)


GOOD LUCK finding the rabbit!!

Dykeman Spring & Park

Dykeman Spring & Park

Dykeman Spring is the centerpiece of the 56-acre Dykeman Park in Shippensburg. Another water feature of the park is Dykeman Pond, which sits in front of an Italian-style manor house. The original Dykeman Manor House was constructed in 1855 and in 1871, altered to an Italianate style with distinct geometric features like the six-foot square cupola. Next to the pond is a limestone hatch house,constructed in 1871 and used when the site was a trout hatchery.

The early inhabitants of the area were the Delaware Indians, around 1730. Drawn to the waters of the Indian Head Spring, the natives built small dwellings around the spring. Later, the spring attracted nearly 20,000 Confederate soldiers, who camped at the site in late June 1863. These troops headed east to the Battle of Gettysburg and clashed with Union troops. More than one-third of the men perished.

In 1999, the Dykeman Spring was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

 Dykeman Pond Coloring Page

At The Fort: Make Your Own Story

At The Fort: Make Your Own Story

Let your imagination take you back in time and make your own story by filling in the details.

After days of traveling, we finally made it. We finally made it to Fort Chambers! It is much bigger than I imagined it to be. The walls are very tall. And there is a stream right by the fort! Dad told me it was called Conochocheague Creek. Perhaps he and I will be able to go fishing? Although, he did mention something about farming. I think I would rather fish than farm. But mom and dad said this is where our new lives begin. Earlier they were talking to a gentleman named Mr. Chambers. He seems like a nice man. Dad told me he bought this land from a man named William Penn and had this nice fort built. He also told me that I am old enough to work around the fort. So, I….(fill in your part of the story).

After doing all that, I was very hungry. What was I going to ea?  I…. c

When I returned to the mill, I was surprised by…(fill in your part of the story)..

Wow, what a day! Somehow, I think tomorrow I will…(fill in your part of the story).

But, for now, I am….(fill in your part of the story)..

Share your story with FCVB. Email your story to  and we will add it to our Fun in Franklin County page.


Fort Fun

Fort Fun

By tradition, forts are places of safety and sanctuary. Some are found in medieval times and some in frontier times. Even a space station could be a galactic fort. Best of all, you can build your own fort in your bedroom, living room, or family room! Get creative. Use boxes, blankets, chairs, pillows, tablecloths–whatever your imagination can concoct. Make it your special space to tuck in and enjoy.

Corners are natural spots to locate a fort. With a loveseat or comfy chair on either side, a blanket makes an easy roof. Toss in a pillow or two for sitting, string some Christmas lights across the opening, and soon you will be sitting in your own special spot.

Or, practice being an architect. Collect toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and wrapping paper rolls. Using markers, decorate the rolls and build a tabletop fort. Add in some smaller boxes and see what you can create.

Another make-your-own fort is a shoebox diorama. Take off the lid and put aside momentarily. Turn the box on its side so the large opening of the box is the front. Now take the lid and nest it under the open bottom-of-the-box so it creates an “L” shape.  You can make a small toothpick fort or even decorate the outside with the wood planks of the fort and make the interior the inside parts of the fort. For ideas on what the inside of a frontier fort, see the picture with the story.

Take all your great fort ideas and snap a picture. Please send it to with a small description of what you did and why you like your fort. The visitors bureau will share on its website and Facebook page. Happy building!