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 ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com. Find out more about the Foto Fine here.

Test your observational skills. Can you find it? If you do, make a screen snip of it and email Leisa at lmccracken@explorefranklincountypa.com. Not only will you be able to say you “Found It on ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com,” 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 limestone hatch house, used when the site was a trout hatchery in 1871.

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 soldier to make an encampment in late June 1863. These troops headed east towards Gettysburg and clashed with Union troops, more than one-third of the men perished.

In 1999, the Dykeman Spring is 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 ecrider@explorefranklincountypa.com  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 jpollard@explorefranklincountypa.com 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!

Forts of Franklin County

Forts of Franklin County

Franklin County was the site of private forts like Chambers Fort and Fort McCord as well as provincial forts like Fort Loudoun. The settlements sprang up on the Franklin County frontier from 1730 to 1755 on land that was traditionally used by Native tribes for hunting and foraging. Conflict arose between the Native tribes and the settlers, so the colonial settlers build fortifications around their homes and settlements to deter attacks.

Fort McCord was a private fort, near Edenville. On April 1, 1756, members of the Delaware tribe burned the fort, killing and taking captive 27 pioneers. Among the captives was Jean McCord Lowry. Her story of capture, captivity and ultimate release can be read here on the University of Oxford text archive.

Fort Loudoun was built in 1756 by the Pennsylvania Regiment. First is was used as a supply base for the Forbes Campaign. Popular history marks the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. In fact, ten years earlier, the Black Boys Rebellion at Fort Loudoun was an earlier time of colonial rebellion. As Neil Swanson author of “The First Rebel” believes the seeds of colonial America’s discontent were sown at Fort Loudoun.

“The date that would be carved on the monument and printed in the histories and textbooks was April 19, 1775. On that day Americans would march out to face the British regulars across the village green in Lexington, Massachusetts. But, they would not be the first Americans to march out for that purpose. They would not be the first by ten years, one month and eleven days. The day on which James Smith’s three hundred men marched down the muddy road to Fort Loudoun was March 9, 1765.”

Fort Loudoun Coloring Page

Let’s Hike

Let’s Hike

Hiking – one of the most liberating and exhilarating recreational activities in which someone can take part. It adds a source of stress relief and the ability to isolate yourself in pure serenity. It can also help with building a sense of self-discipline as well as organization!

Did you know that this county contains a plethora of different parks and trails? Franklin County is a perfect place to be one with nature and explore. From Caledonia and Michaux State, to Cowans Gap State Park, to Mont Alto State Park, there are more than enough choices for a fantastic hiking experience.

When hiking, it is always important to be safe and build a checklist of essentials. Following are considerations for a short or longer hike.

Short Distance

  • Navigation Tools (Trail Maps/Compass)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Multi-Tool
  • Hydration Source (32 oz Water/Electrolyte Fluid)
  • Trail Food (Nutritional bars, jerky, nuts/grains, something carbohydrate dense/super foods)
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots or durable sneakers
  • Sun Protection
  • Utility pack for carrying essentials

Long Distance

  • All Items listed above
  • Fire Starting Source (Emergency Use)
  • Signaling Device
  • Light Source (Headlamp, Flashlight)
  • Repair Kit (Duct Tape, Paracord, Plastic bags, Etc.)
  • Increased hydration carrying capacity (64+ oz)
  • Increased trail food content

Here’s hoping everyone can soon be back to taking a hike in Franklin County. Now is a good time to be thinking about the gear you need and looking forward to traveling the trails of Franklin County.

Hiking Word Find

Girl Hiker Coloring Page

Story contributed by Evan Crider