Franklin County Historical Society, Tea Party Fundraiser

Franklin County Historical Society, Tea Party Fundraiser

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 * 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Old Jail East Courtyard
The event will feature tea, food, and entertainment and is open to both Society members and the public.
Guests may wear hats if they choose. There will be a contest with prizes for Most Authentic, Most “Royal”, and Most Creative.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at 175 East King Street, Chambersburg, by calling 717-264-1667, or online at by August 15th, 2022.
The event benefits the nonprofit Society.
John Brown Book Signing, The Old Jail in Chambersburg

John Brown Book Signing, The Old Jail in Chambersburg

Saturday July 16th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Franklin County Historical Society will hold a book signing with John Brown in Chambersburg (3rd  Edition) author Virginia Stake at the Old Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg.
The 3rd edition of the book features additional chapters with new information on the Ritner family.
Mary Ritner owned the boarding house where John Brown stayed in 1859 while planning his raid on Harper’s Ferry.
The book will be available for purchase for $23.00, tax included.
The Old Jail will also be open for tours from 10:00am – 4:00pm for a nominal fee.
Information can be found at


Franklin Co. Local History Scavenger Hunt

Franklin Co. Local History Scavenger Hunt

Franklin County Historical Society
Join us for a local history scavenger hunt!
– Question packets will be available for purchase starting Oct. 1 here at the Old Jail or online through our gift shop on
– Answers must be submitted by end of day Oct. 24 by dropping them off at the Old Jail or emailing scans to
– $10 for each participant – if you have a partner or a team, please purchase and return answers for each person. Please be honest – this is a fundraiser for the nonprofit historical society.
– Each correct answer packet will be entered into a drawing – $50 first place, gift shop prizes for second and third
– The 12 questions will require travel throughout the general Chambersburg area
– Some answers will require participants taking photographs
Questions? Call 717-264-1667 or email
Have fun and good luck!
Franklin County Historical Society Hosts Haunted Old Jail

Franklin County Historical Society Hosts Haunted Old Jail

The Franklin County Historical Society will host “Halloween at the Haunted Jail” on October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 from 7-9:30pm.

Guests will encounter ghosts, goblins, and other haunts as they traverse four floors of the jail, including the three story cellblock and dungeon areas. The event has been expanded from last year, when over 2,000 people attended the event.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under, payable at the door. Cash and credit are accepted.

The event benefits the nonprofit Society.

Call 717.264.1667 for information or visit

Built in 1818, The Old Jail is the home of the Franklin County Historical Society, founded in 1898. Each year the Society serves thousands through its tours, genealogy library, events, and educational presentations.

Contact:Jenny Shifler, or 717-264-1667

April is Spring Into History Month

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) sets April 2018 as Spring Into History Month, expanding the day-long ramble into a month-long opportunity to take in Native American artifacts, frontier forts, stops on the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War invasions. It also offers a chance to explore genealogy and the Franklin County Military Trail of History. With 70 Pennsylvania designated history sites and nationally designated historic districts in the downtowns of Chambersburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, Franklin County has plenty of history to fill the month.

For Spring Into History Month, Franklin County history partners are planning:

• April 6-8, and April 20-22 – The Old Jail in Chambersburg is hosting an escape room in the 1880 cell block.
April 7, 10 AM – 4 PM – Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum Opening Day in Waynesboro
April 12, 7 PM – Gloria Swift, retired curator of the Ford’s Theater Museum, presents “Secrets Revealed! Museum Objects Tell All!” at Allison Antrim Museum in Greencastle
April 14, 4 PM – 9 PM – Opening Day at Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro
April 14, 9 AM – 2 PM – Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum in South Mountain Open House with special discounts on local history books.
April 20 & April 27, 1 PM – 3 PM – Intro to Genealogy at the Old Jail in Chambersburg
With a full-month to search out and discover history, FCVB is adding a Spring Into History Scavenger Hunt as a fun way to encourage visitors and residents to explore Franklin County history. Not too difficult, the hunt requires only 20 correct answers from a list of 60 clues to win a Spring Into History keepsake, campfire mug. Also new is History Rocks, #historyrocksfcvb. Local libraries of Franklin County will be hosting rock-painting sessions where young and young-at-heart can paint a Franklin County history rock. FCVB will host a rock hiding and finding event on April 21.

Flat Ben, Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley, is returning to for 2018. Download him, color him, and photograph him at favorite Franklin County sites. Share his pix with #FlatBen