1864 REBIRTH – A Living History Portrayal of the July 1864 Civil War Events

1864 REBIRTH – A Living History Portrayal of the July 1864 Civil War Events

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth on July 16, 2022. Celebrate community and human spirit–its resiliency, faith, and courage–with a historical re-enactment of the ransoming, burning and Rebirth of Chambersburg on July 16 at 9 PM. Leading up to the light show–so realistic the town looks ablaze–is Market Day Festival in downtown Chambersburg, 9 AM to 4 PM; and 2022 A Cappella & Unplugged Finals on July 16 at 7 PM.

The history behind the event is the July 30,1864 Confederate ransoming of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The demand was $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in Union currency. When the town could not pay the ransom, Chambersburg was burned. More than 2000 residents were without homes. The total loss of real estate and personal property exceeded $1.5 million in the dollars of the day. In stark contrast, today’s Chambersburg thrives.

More than 100 vendors fill the streets of downtown Chambersburg on Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 4 PM. The day is filled with arts, handiworks, food, and music. At 6 PM, downtown Chambersburg steps back to 1864, offering Civil War walking tours, displays, book signings, kids games, corn hole competition, and t-shirt trivia. At 7 PM, the 1864 celebration continues with the final round of A Cappella & Unplugged, performed on the steps of the 11/30 Visitors Center. Bring a lawn chair and join selecting this year’s champion and winner of $500.

At 9 PM, history comes to life as Jacob Hoke, an actual merchant on the square of Chambersburg in 1864, meets Confederate General “Tiger” John McCausland, who executed the order of his superior General Jubal Early to ransom Chambersburg and burn the town, if the ransom was not paid. As the story unfolds, the downtown buildings are the backdrop of the ransoming, burning, and ultimately the rebirth of the town, which courageously rose from the ashes of war.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro.

1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth Living History Re-enactment & Light Show

1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth Living History Re-enactment & Light Show

Join us on Saturday, July 16th, 2022, in Downtown Chambersburg as the town is set ablaze to commemorate the day that Chambersburg was held for ransom and then burned by the Confederate army under General McCausland.
We celebrate community, rebirth and Chambersburg’s rise from the ashes with a day full of events:
So Much to Do – July 16
Old Market Day Street Festival, Civil War Walking Tours, 11/30 Visitors Center Exhibits,
1 PM- Free Kid Canvas Painting – Register for FREE here.
3 PM- 1864 Corn Hole Tournament – Register your team here.
6 PM- Kids Games & Franklin Fresh Food Tastings
7 PM Finals of Acapella & Unplugged plus Voting for the Winner
8:15 PM Winner Announced
8:30 PM History Happened Here T-Shirt Trivia
9 PM – 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth Living History Re-enactment & Light Show
The re-enactment and light show done completely with atmospheric effects, lights, and actors!
Join the thousands that gather to watch as the town is transported back to 1864 and history comes to life.
A Cappella & Unplugged Round 1, Capitol Theatre Center

A Cappella & Unplugged Round 1, Capitol Theatre Center

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 7:00 PM
FREE to attend!!! Register for FREE on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/2022-a-cappella-unplugged…
Enjoy local and regional talent at A Cappella & Unplugged at the Capitol Theatre for Round 1 on June 4th at 7 PM.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is celebrating talent in Franklin County at A Cappella & Unplugged 2022.
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the talent of A Cappella & Unplugged returns to the stage of the Capitol Theatre on June 4th, 7 PM.
From January through May, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau held open mics at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in Chambersburg, 633 Brewing in Waynesboro, TBC at the Barrel House in Chambersburg, and One North Coffee in Mercersburg.
In all, twenty-three acts passed on from the open mic portion of A Cappella & Unplugged to Round 1 at the Capitol Theatre.
Participants are vying for a top prize of $500 and a chance to perform in front of thousands at 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg on July 16th.
At the June 4th A Cappella & Unplugged Round 1, a panel of judges will select the top six performers to move onto the Finals.
The audience at Round 1 will select the People’s Choice and receives $100.
From the six acts that perform on Saturday, July 16, 7 PM, the audience will select the winner of $500.
A Cappella & Unplugged 2022 is the eighth musical competition.
The event began to add a musical celebration to 1864–the annual event that remembers the historic burning of Chambersburg and the amazing rebirth of the community from the ashes of war.
It celebrates the spirit of people.
Attendance is free.
Join the celebration!
Catch the Spirit – ChambersFest, Downtown Chambersburg

Catch the Spirit – ChambersFest, Downtown Chambersburg

July 9th -16th, 2022
ChambersFest 2022 will be enjoyed by thousands in the Chambersburg community.
Events will include Restaurant Week, Old Market Day, Burning of Chambersburg, Acapella & Unplugged, Scoop-a-Palooza Ice Cream Trail, North Square Farmers Market and Tim & Susan Cook Race and more.
ChambersFest began as a tribute to the resilience of the people who rose up following the devastating burning by Confederates in 1864.
Join us for the greatest community celebration of the year!
Click Here for more information and a schedule of events.
A Cappella & Amp; Unplugged at the Capitol Theatre for Round 1

A Cappella & Amp; Unplugged at the Capitol Theatre for Round 1

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is celebrating talent in Franklin County at A Cappella & Unplugged 2022.
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the talent of A Cappella & Unplugged returns to the stage of the Capitol Theatre on June 4, 7:00 PM.
From January through May, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau held open mics at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in Chambersburg, 633 Brewing in Waynesboro, TBC at the Barrel House in Chambersburg, and One North Coffee in Mercersburg.
In all, twenty three acts passed on from the open mic portion of A Cappella & Unplugged to Round 1 at the Capitol Theatre.
Participants are vying for a top prize of $500 and a chance to perform in front of thousands at 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg on July 16th, 2022
At the June 4th A Cappella & Unplugged Round 1, a panel of judges will select the top six performers to move onto the Finals.
The audience at Round 1 will select the People’s Choice and receives $100.
From the six acts that perform on Saturday, July 16th, 7:00 PM, the audience will select the winner of $500.
A Cappella & Unplugged 2022 is the eighth musical competition.
The event began to add a musical celebration to 1864–the annual event that remembers the the historic burning of Chambersburg and the amazing rebirth of the community from the ashes of war.
It celebrates the spirit of people.
Join the celebration!
Attendance is free. Register Here