Living History: The U.S. Constitution in the words of Frederick Douglass

Living History: The U.S. Constitution in the words of Frederick Douglass

Saturday April 30th, 2022 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
FREE to attend!!
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The Franklin County Visitors Bureau welcomes the public to a special portrayal of Frederick Douglass at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center.
The event recalls the public talk Frederick Douglass gave in August 1859, just before meeting with John Brown to discuss Brown’s plans to raid the arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Author and storyteller Nathan M. Richardson will portray Frederick Douglass and talk about the U.S. Constitution.
The presentation culminates the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s April celebration Spring into History and is presented at no charge
Learn & Explore Weekend, Featuring Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass

Learn & Explore Weekend, Featuring Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass

Friday February 25th & Saturday February 26th, 2022
African American History is American History
Featuring Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass and tour of related historic sites in Franklin County.
Speeches by Frederick Douglass
Douglass’ speeches give a glimpse of his life and accomplishments as well as his dedication to liberty, civil rights, and equality of all human beings.
Frederick Douglass wrote several autobiographies, advised politicians and presidents, and worked for the rights of African Americans, equal treatment of women, and other minority groups.
James Daly, editor of Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass, points out his many accomplishments but notes his success as an orator.
Douglass’ speeches span more than half a century and show today’s reader an original source perspective of Frederick Douglass’ challenges as well as America’s.
Friday 25th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Delve into Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass – including The Church and Prejudice (1841)
My Slave Experience in Maryland (1848)
We Have Decided to Stay (1848)
John Brown (1881).
$35 /person
$50 /2-person rate
Saturday 26th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Focus on Frederick Douglass in Chambersburg.
Includes a tour of then and now sites connected to Frederick Douglass.
Event includes a lunch or dinner, representing food of the mid-1800’s.
Event concludes with a visit to Mount Vernon Cemetery on Route 30 West.
Mount Vernon is a National Park Service Network to Freedom site, where USCT are interred.
To Learn more and to sign up for the learn & explore weekend, Click Here
New Civil War Trail Sign Unveiled in Downtown Chambersburg

New Civil War Trail Sign Unveiled in Downtown Chambersburg

Franklin County joined the Civil War Trails with the unveiling of “Flashpoint of Invasion.” The sign, located outside the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, is the newest Civil War Trails sign along the Pennsylvania segment of the trail, which came to life with a half-dozen story boards in 2021.

Franklin County’s location, access to rail, and an abundance of crops and livestock made the county a prime target during the Civil War. Even before war, Franklin County’s location played a role. The county held a network of secret passages and many operatives, who helped escaping enslaved move to safety. Again, location played a role in Franklin County’s history when John Brown and his men established a northern headquarters in Chambersburg. With access to the Cumberland Valley Railroad, Brown and his men stockpiled weapons throughout the spring and summer, leading up to the Raid on Harpers Ferry in October 1859.

“Flashpoint of Invasion” serves as a gateway to exploring Chambersburg and Franklin County. More than two dozen Franklin County sites are identified as Civil War Trail stories, as the Franklin County Visitors Bureau works to secure funding to install the signs. The Civil War Trails program is recognized by travelers, particularly those seeking authentic experiences and local history. History travelers are getting younger and these travelers, age 25-34, are the largest growing segment. Many travelers are pairing their interest in history with recreation and locally sourced food and beverages.

The Foundation For Enhancing Communities (TFEC) funded “Flashpoint of Invasion” as part of its 100-year celebration and is funding a second Civil War sign in 2022. TFEC focuses on building strong communities for a lasting impact.

Across the Centuries, Fort Loudon Historic Site

Across the Centuries, Fort Loudon Historic Site

Saturday May 14th & Sunday May 15th, 2022 * 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
History Class Comes Alive!
Living history practitioners, pull out your favorite living history impression and kit, round up your pards, and join us for our second “Across the Centuries” timeline living history event, May 14th and 15th, 2022!
To the general public, come on out and revel in over 2000 years of history!
Ancient Romans and Greeks, Vikings, medieval archers and soldiers, wild Irish militia of the 1600s and Scottish Highlanders, and a plethora of other military and supporting impressions of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will be on site with impressive displays of weapons, armor, equipment, and vehicles, as well as exciting demonstrations of their craft and skill!
Talk with the famous abolitionist John Brown, or John Harris, Jr., frontier storekeeper, ferry operator and the founder of Harrisburg, PA!
Visitor’s Admission is $5 at the gate.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
For more information or to register to participate, contact Mike Strausner at
Living History Potrayal of John Brown & Frederick Douglass at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

Living History Potrayal of John Brown & Frederick Douglass at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

Saturday May 8th, 2021 * 1:00 PM
In-Person or via ZOOM
On May 8, the African American History Association of Western Maryland brings A Conversation between Frederick Douglass and John Brown to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in downtown Chambersburg.
Chambersburg is an apt location because abolitionists Douglass and Brown met in Chambersburg on August 19-21, 1859 to discuss Brown’s plan to takeover of the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.
Throughout the spring and summer of 1859, Brown and his raiders made the Mary Ritner Boarding House on King Street in Chambersburg their northern headquarters.
Today, the Ritner Boarding House sits in a working-class family neighborhood, just as it did in the summer of 1859.
The presentation is offered with limited in-person seating in the second-floor Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center and on Zoom.
Tickets to both are a $5 dollar donation. As an added bonus, the 11/30 Visitors Center is hosting Edna Lawrence’s An African American Women’s Quilt Exhibit.
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