Allison-Antrim Museum focuses on Timothy Anderson Sr. He was born a free Black. His father Robert Anderson was white, Scot-Irish, and Presbyterian having been born in Northern Ireland in 1760. His mother was African. She was born somewhere along the Ivory Coast of West Africa. How the Robert Anderson family made its way to Franklin County, PA is unknown. Three of their sons are known to us at this time – William (born in 1792 in PA), Elias (born 1793 in PA), and Timothy Sr. (born in 1796 in Franklin County, PA).
Timothy Sr. owned 58 acres of land in Antrim Township, about two and half miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line. His home was a stop on the Underground Railroad and Timothy Sr. was a conductor and engineer. It was illegal to harbor fugitives who escaped from slavery. If caught the conductors could be jailed and heavily fined. The Underground Railroad existed but those involved and the “stops” on the “line” were closely kept secrets. So, 170 years later, how do we know Timothy Anderson Sr was a conductor on the Underground Railroad? The well-kept family secrets will be revealed during the PowerPoint, which can be accessed at: https://greencastlemuseum.org/videos
For more information, please visit: www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, on Instagram at allison_antrim, or call 717-597-9010. Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA is open, by appointment, Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 717-597-9010 to make an appointment.
From the Revolutionary era to the 20th century, women of Franklin County contributed to a young America, helped shape a strong foundation of Franklin County, and contributed to the well-being of community. Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg for Famous Women of Franklin County, 1 PM to 3 PM. The event showcases women of Franklin County with a display, videos, and panel discussion. Panel participants include Bonnie Shockey of Allison-Antrim Museum, Joan McCulloh of Mercersburg Historical Society, Amy Ensley, Director of Hankey Center at Wilson College and Maxine Beck on behalf of Renfrew Museum.
Learn about Margaret Cochran Corbin and her heroism during the Revolutionary War, First Lady Harriet Lane, Dolly Harris and her feat of patriotism as Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle, and the financial support of Sarah Wilson to give generations of women access to higher education. Fast forward to the 20th century and discover the stories of women like Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, Emma Nicodemus, Margaret Disert, and Lois Martin. These women are solid examples of conviction, hard work, patriotism, dedication to family, and a strong belief in giving and growing community.
Women often consider the right to vote as a significant step forward for the gender. Yet, year after year, women continue to make important advances by working toward outcomes they valued. Famous Women of Franklin County will highlight some of these women and their stories. Participants—male and female— are invited to share their thoughts about pivotal issues that impact, support, and shape women and their community efforts.
The event is free and open to the public and is one in an series with a lens on history, civics, community and culture.
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. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.