“The World is Our Classroom”
Heritage-cultural sites and activities as a way of
educating your children and family outside of
Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center
Includes walking tour of Chambersburg
Old Jail and John Brown House
Take The Road Less Traveled As Author Cindy Ross Presents “The World As Our Classroom”
Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and author Cindy Ross in taking the “road less traveled” on Saturday, April 27, 1 to 3 PM, at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. Ross, travel writer and author of The World is Our Classroom, is a modern adventurer, who with husband Todd, consciously chose to connect their children with the knowledge, culture, and beauty of the world around them. She will share her world travels and inspire families and individuals to take advantage of the opportunities close to home to shape an education. The world around is an every-day opportunity to live a fuller, bigger life.
The event, held in the second floor Great Room of the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, is free and open to the public. A post-presentation walking tour of downtown Chambersburg is also being offered at no charge. Register for the presentation and walking tour here.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) celebrates April as Spring-into-History month. Franklin County was the American frontier, a vital part of Pennsylvania’s breadbasket, and the gateway and retreat of the Gettysburg Campaign. It offers three hundred years of American history and culture, the beauty of the Tuscarora and South Mountains, the two oldest state parks in PA, plus 36 local parks and three environmental centers.
South Mountain Bus Tour
Rescheduled to August 24
200 Years of American History, including:
Settlement, Civil War & turn of the 20th Century
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
$50/one person or $75/two person
for more information
SPRING INTO HISTORY BOOK
Follow along through history with the Spring into History book! Click here for the book!
Flat Ben, Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley, is returning to ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com for 2018. Download him here, color him, and photograph him at favorite Franklin County sites. Share his pix with #FlatBen!
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.