Northwood Books, Downtown Chambersburg

Northwood Books, Downtown Chambersburg

Now Open

Northwood Books has been family owned and operated since 1988 in downtown Chambersburg.
Ami and Dwain Plessinger bought the business in 2006 with a goal to create a bibliophile’s haven.
Since then, they have expanded and redesigned its layout to emphasize classics, fine bindings, antique and rare books.
We are constantly working to deliver the best bibliophile experience to our customers!
You’ll find over 90,000 books and 70 categories of gently perused used, rare and new books including literature, local history, cookbooks, collector editions, mysteries, Christian fiction, military history, and many others.
You’ll also see a display of original artwork throughout the store from talented local artists. We also offer outdoor seating during the warmer months!
Fridays & Saturdays
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Northwood Books
59 North Main St.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Metered Parking is available on the street. You will need to feed the meter 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (Saturdays free)
FREE parking is available across the street in the King Street Parking Lot.
Save A Vet Save A Pet

Save A Vet Save A Pet

Dogs are more than just a friend to many; they can be life-savers. A local program aiming to help both veterans and shelter dogs is Operation Save-a-Vet Save-a-Pet.

Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund, Veterans Outreach Fund, and donations, Franklin County veterans can receive a service dog that has been trained to help with their disabilities, free of charge. Veterans can also enter their own dog to attend classes to become a service dog at a small fee.

This service is dedicated to helping Franklin County veterans with service-connected disabilities that will help them life happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Disabilities that dogs can be trained to help veterans with include seizure disorders, diabetes, PTSD, psychiatric disorders, stability and traumatic brain injury.

Dogs come from local rescues and are put through a year-long training at no cost to veterans by Helen Carlson, who owns and operates Good Dog Boarding, Doggie Day Care & Training with her husband, Brad, in Greencastle. Carlson, has been training dogs for over 36 years and leads the dogs in the three-phase intensive program which ends with a final phase between the veteran and dog before being certified.

The public can support the program by making a donation to the Franklin County Veterans Affairs Office at 425 Franklin Farm Lane, or by indicating a preference to donate on the PA driver’s license or registration renewal for the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund.

For more information about Operation Save-A-Vet Save-a-Pet, contact Justin Slep at the Franklin County Affairs Office at 717-263-4326.

Spring into History on April 29!

Spring into History on April 29!


Explore sites on your own during Spring into history and traverse centuries of American heritage and culture in Franklin County PA. Take in Native American artifacts. Explore the history and culture of the frontier and colonial America, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War. See architectural and archaeological history. Take the leap, take a fresh look at Franklin County and spring into America’s history.


Presentation of Italian POWs at Letterkenny Army Depot 1944-1945: Allies on the Home Front Set For October 24

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Franklin County’s Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park are remembering the contributions of the Italian Prisoners of War stationed at Letterkenny Depot.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the repatriation of Italian soldiers, who were captured as prisoners of war and then swore allegiance to America. Letterkenny Depot housed 1250 of these men in a service unit, later formed as the 321st Quartermaster Battalion. They spent seventeen months at Letterkenny Depot until returning to Italy in October 1945 after an international agreement was reached.

On Saturday, October 24, to commemorate this history, Letterkenny Chapel and the Franklin County Veterans Park are hosting a public lecture by Dr. Flavio Conti, a foremost authority of Italian POWs in America. Joining him is Professor Alan Perry of Gettysburg College. A permanent, photographic display will also be unveiled and dedicated at the Chapel.

The day begins with a 9 AM Catholic Mass at the Letterkenny Chapel, Carbaugh Avenue in Chambersburg. Mass is led by The Very Reverend Luis Rodriquez, Pastor at Chambersburg’s Corpus Christi Church. Mass is followed by the dedication of a permanent display inside the Chapel, depicting the history of the Italian Service Unit at Letterkenny. Following the dedication of the display, activities move to the Corpus Christi Parish Center, Second Street in downtown Chambersburg. A special lunch at 12:15 PM, prepared by Chef Fabio Carella, will precede the lecture by Dr. Flavio Conti and Dr. Alan Perry. The lecture called “Italian POWs at Letterkenny Army Depot 1944-1945: Allies on the Home Front” will incorporate Dr. Conti’s research on the POWs’ capture and transport to the United States. He, along with Dr. Perry, will discuss the service unit’s work at the depot, their pursuits in free time, and their construction of the chapel and bell tower.  Dr. Conti and Dr. Perry are collaborating on a book about this unique chapter of World War II history.

To attend the lecture and luncheon, tickets are $40 and seating is limited to 175. Email the visitors bureau at or contact 866.646.8060.

The History

Before America entered World War II, the U.S. military sought locations for ordinance depots to maintain, store, and issue weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, equipment, and other military-needed materials. Letterkenny Township in Franklin County PA was selected because of its excellent location along the Atlantic seaboard and its closeness to Washington DC. The depot required thousands of acres of farmland and displaced about 1000 of Franklin County’s 70,000 residents. Any discontentment about the acquisition ceased after the December 7, 1941 strike on Pearl Harbor. Franklin County residents wholeheartedly supported the depot. Less than a years later, the depot was an active part of America’s participation in the Ally effort.

By September 1943, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies, and Italian POWs agreed to sign an allegiance to the United States, In May 1944, 1250 repatriated Italian soldiers came to Letterkenny Depot. They formed the 321st Quartermaster Battalion, helping to order, stock, and ship military supplies and equipment to support the Ally efforts in the Pacific and Europe.

These men missed their homes and loved ones. It was a difficult time. They turned to their faith to guide them, seeking out the counsel of clergy, who wisely suggested channeling the loneliness into beneficial tasks. Out of a melancholy and somber time when war encircled the world and thousands of miles separated the Italian service men from their families, a good and lasting accomplishment emerged. The repatriated soldiers helped to build the depot and a chapel. By using the materials from the farmhouses, barns, and other structures, the men of the ISU incorporated the elements of their homeland into the chapel and created a lasting artifact of a significant time in American and world history.

The Letterkenny Chapel is a prime representation of Italianate architecture with the characteristic square tower, quoined brickwork, and curved arches above the windows and doors. Today, it is maintained by the United Churches of Chambersburg and is adjoined by the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park. The chapel and park are the launching point of the Franklin County Military Trail of History. Each year, four services are held at Letterkenny Chapel— Armed Forces and POW/MIA Day Service in May, the 9/11 Remembrance Service in September, Veterans Day Service in November, and Christmas Eve Service in December.

The Families

On October 23 and 24, after hearing many stories of Letterkenny and Chambersburg, the children and grandchildren of the Italian soldiers are visiting and attending the remembrance at the Letterkenny Chapel. They remember the stories and memories shared by their family members, who shared the beauty of the area, the kindness of the local residents, and their work to build the depot and Letterkenny Chapel. In addition, Italian Military Attaché Colonel Rodolfo Sganga will represent the Sons of Italy and the national Italian American Foundation.

In 1945, Letterkenny Chapel was dedicated by the Pope’s Ambassador to the United States to commemorate peace and reconciliation between Italy and the United States. For more than 35 years, it served as a military chapel for Letterkenny Army Depot. Today, the historic chapel serves as an ecumenical, interfaith and multicultural meeting place of fellowship and worship.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy trails of 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. Discover more…plan a visit soon at Explore Franklin County or by contacting 866.646.8060.