Franklin County Pour Trail Bus Tour

Franklin County Pour Trail Bus Tour

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau started 2022 by launching the Franklin County Pour Trail to highlight beer, cider, wine, and distilled spirits in and around Franklin County PA. The trail kicked off during IceFest 2022 and featured sixteen breweries, wineries, and distilleries. To connect fans of locally crafted spirits, Franklin County Visitors Bureau is offering a Pour Trail Bus Tour on September 17, 10:45 AM to 6:30 PM.

The tour organizes at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located on the southwest portion of the Chambersburg square. Participants enjoy finger foods in the Visitors Center, pick-up a goody bag, and receive a Pour Trail Passport. The Passport is a fun way to collect Pour Trail prizes, such as t-shirts, hats, and stickers. Visit the stops along the Pour Trail, make purchases, and save the receipts. Each dollar spent equals one point. For example, a purchase of $25 equals 25 points. With sixteen stops, points add up quickly. As a bonus, all participants of the Pour Trail Bus Tour receive 100 points.

Tickets for the day-long excursion are $75/person and include a German meal at Renfrew’s Oktoberfest as well as fifteen samples of Pour Trail beverages and a signature cocktail.

The tour begins in Chambersburg with tastings at Jan Zell Winery in Jim’s Country Market, GearHouse Brewing Co., and Liquid Art—formerly Roy Pitz. Next stop is Waynesboro, where participants will have a German meal at Renfrew’s Annual Oktoberfest, and a tasting at 633 Brewing. The tour heads to Mercersburg and the James Buchanan Pub for a signature cocktail in the Beer Garden. The Pub is the boyhood home of 15th American President James Buchanan. The tour wraps up at Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, also in Mercersburg, with a special tasting of distilled spirits.

Tickets for the Pour Trail Bus Tour are available online or by contacting the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060. Seating on the bus is limited to 52.

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

This event is rescheduled and updated from April 13.

Your invited to explore South Mountain in Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on August 24, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. South Mountain holds centuries of history and lore. The mountain forests fed the iron ore industry, sheltered escaping enslaved, saw the strife of Civil War and was reborn through Pennsylvania’s conservation movement. Life on the mountain is the story of small communities across America. Visit a general store museum, a site where John Brown taught Sunday school, learn how Pennsylvania led the conservation movement, and hear eerie stories of the silvery lady of Pond Bank.

The tour departs Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center at 9 AM and begins with a comparison of two Franklin County iron ore works—Caledonia Ironworks and Mont Alto Ironworks. Learn about the ore process, layout of the ironworks, and the people who worked at the furnace. Stop at Preserving Our Heritage Museum, housed in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit a relocated 1930 – 1950 general store. Travel across the South Mountain and see the landscape that gave fresh air and hope to thousands of tuberculosis patients. Visit the new home of the Mont Alto Historical Society. Step back to 1812 and visit the Royer farmhouse at Renfrew Park. Continue up the mountain to Monterey Pass Battlefield where 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought along the mountain ridge in a blinding thunderstorm during the late hours of July 4 and early hours of July 5, 1863, part of the retreat from Gettysburg.

Single tickets are $30/ person or two tickets for $50. Bring a friend and save!  Sign up here.. Tour fee includes lunch at Founder’s Grille with a pristine view of South Mountain. Parking information provided here.