The Franklin County Visitors Bureau completed the 2019 Visitors Guide, the largest and most inclusive publication to help visitors explore Franklin County! This full-color 68-page publication highlights the area and is a handy way for visitors to find what to do, where to go, where to dine and where to stay in Franklin County.
The cover of this year’s guide, taken by Toe Thane, is a panoramic view of the 11/30 Visitors Center and the Chambersburg’s Memorial Square. With over 100 beautiful full-color photographs, the 2018 Visitors Guide is distributed throughout the United States and Canada to invite visitors to do, dine and stay in Franklin County PA. More than 75,000 are distributed along rest-stops of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, AAA centers, Pennsylvania Welcome Centers and Franklin County businesses, shops, and restaurants.
This flagship publication invites visitors to explore the historic and growing county as well as the new home of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau–11/30 Visitors Center, located at 15 North Main Street. The 11/30 Visitors Center was formerly a bank, operating from 1865 until 2015. Now, as a visitors center, it houses changing exhibits of Franklin County’s art, recreation, beauty, and fresh food. The original footprint of the bank and subsequent additions, make it architecturally interesting, as does the two vaults and a beautiful view overlooking the town square.
The guide includes sections about history, recreation, arts & entertainment, dining, shopping, festivals, family fun and fresh food & markets. This free guide also contains an extensive and comprehensive directory of local businesses and area services to help new and returning visitor as well as families or individuals moving to Franklin County.
For a copy of the 2019 Visitors Guide, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 or stop by the 11/30 Visitors Center.
Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.
During the holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January.
In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.
Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.
Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to Penn National Golf Center on September 15, 4 PM to 9 PM, for the music of Stable Shakers and the messages of citizens, leaders, and officials, talking about the proposed 29-mile, 230 kV-electric line project. The outdoor concert is being held just off Orchard Drive in Fayetteville at Penn National Golf Course’s driving range. Food trucks will be onsite, and Penn National will have free mini golf for the kids. Tickets are $20 at the gate.
Hailing from the very farmlands that are impacted by the power line project, Stable Shakers guitarist and songwriter Spencer Pheil realized the sacrifice of Franklin County. With five to seven, 13.5-story towers proposed to mark each mile of the project, Pheil’s concern spurred him to join forces with the local group standing up and speaking out about the damaging consequences of such a project. Working with Penn National Golf Course Community, Pheil thought delivering the message with the self-described “twang jazz” sounds of Stable Shakers would go a long way to building a stronger awareness of the project and solidify the importance of saving the county’s land and lifestyle. Also performing at the benefit is blues rock band Ding.
The high-power line project also impacts York County PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD. Not a redundancy project or one to provide electric to citizens and businesses without power, it is a market efficiency project that will implement eminent domain, if approved, to acquire land from property owners in Franklin and York Counties PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD with the intent of trying to provide an unguaranteed cost-saving to electric users in northern VA, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Stop PA Power Lines Benefit is fun with a purpose. Anyone unable to attend and wanting to find out more about the project impacts, can visit thinkfranklincountypa.com or can donate at GoFundMe.