Saturday May 14th, 2022 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The event is being held in the 1865 lobby of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 15 South Main Street in Chambersburg.
Enjoy an afternoon of tea and talk about Harriet Rebecca Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the United States
Author Bob O’Connor will speak about Harriet Lane, sharing excerpts of his book, “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington.” Emily Martin, a local thespian, will bring a young Miss Lane to life as she mixes and mingles with her visitors.
The 10,000 sq. ft. building served as a bank from 1865 to 2015.
A Little About Harriet
Harriet was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA on May 9, 1830 to Elliott Tole Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane.
Her grandfather was a merchant, who came from Donegal County in Ireland and established a good foundation for his family.
Harriet’s father was a merchant, and her mother was the younger sister of James Buchanan. It was a family of ample means.
Even with a level of wealth, her life was not easy. At age nine, her mother died and two years later, her father.
Her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, adopted Harriet.
She would serve as his confidante and consultant, traveling to Great Britain when Buchanan served as Minister to England.
She was a favorite of Queen Victoria and the royal court.
When James Buchanan became president, she served as “First Lady” and was an accomplished hostess.
She chose to hold off marrying until she was 35 years old. Within three years, she would have two sons and a happy family life.
Tragedy returned in 1881, 1882, and 1884 when she lost both sons to rheumatic fever and her husband died unexpectedly.
Harriet Lane came to understand the fleetingness of life, the value of family, and the importance of keeping a purpose.
She gave generously to the research of children’s disease, endowed a school for boys, and planted the seed of a national art gallery.
The Perspective of a Celtic Blessing
“May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sign a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.”
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy AppleFest in downtown Chambersburg on October 19 with a presentation of Martin Delany by author Bob O’Connor.
The Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center celebrates AppleFest in downtown Chambersburg on October 19 with a presentation about Martin Delany by author Bob O’Connor. The talk will be held in the second-floor Great Room, overlooking Memorial Square, at 2 PM.
Martin Delany, who was the highest ranking African-American field officer of the Civil War, lived on South Main Street in Chambersburg and attended school nearby. In addition to serving in the Civil War, Delany was a physician and author. He also worked with Frederick Douglass to co-publish the newspaper North Star.
O’Connor authored more than 15 non-fiction and historical fiction books with a focus on American history leading up to and encompassing the Civil War. He shares his interest and knowledge of this period in a podcast called the “The Chronicles of the American Civil War.”
The talk is free. Reserve a seat here.
AppleFest is the annual, autumn celebration of apples, one of Franklin County’s major crops. The festival opens at 9 AM, closes at 4 PM, and includes more than 100 vendors of crafts, arts, food, music and fun for the kids. In addition to the Delany presentation, the 11/30 Visitors Center will be playing five videos in the “video vault,” offer a children’s fall-fun activity, and be showcasing new exhibits in the lobby. Main Street stores will have specials and sales.