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.
Harriet Lane Tea & Talk

Harriet Lane Tea & Talk

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and talk about Harriet Rebecca Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the United States. Author Bob O’Connor will speak about Harriet Lane, sharing excerpts of his book, “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington.” Emily Martin, a local thespian, will bring a young Miss Lane to life as she mixes and mingles with her visitors.

Event begins a 1 PM and runs until 3 PM and is being held in the 1865 lobby of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 15 South Main Street in Chambersburg. The 10,000 sq. ft. building served as a bank from 1865 to 2015.

A Little About Harriet  

Harriet was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA on May 9, 1830 to Elliott Tole Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane. Her grandfather was a merchant, who came from Donegal County in Ireland and established a good foundation for his family. Harriet’s father was a merchant, and her mother was the younger sister of James Buchanan. It was a family of ample means.

Even with a level of wealth, her life was not easy. At age nine, her mother died and two years later, her father. Her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, adopted Harriet.  She would serve as his confidante and consultant, traveling to Great Britain when Buchanan served as Minister to England. She was a favorite of Queen Victoria and the royal court. When James Buchanan became president, she served as “First Lady” and was an accomplished hostess.

She chose to hold off marrying until she was 35 years old. Within three years, she would have two sons and a happy family life. Tragedy returned in 1881, 1882, and 1884 when she lost both sons to rheumatic fever and her husband died unexpectedly.

Harriet Lane came to understand the fleetingness of life, the value of family, and the importance of keeping a purpose. She gave generously to the research of children’s disease, endowed a school for boys, and planted the seed of a national art gallery.

The Perspective of a Celtic Blessing 

“May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sign a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.”


Special Exhibit and Afternoon Tea Celebrate Mother’s Day at Allison-Antrim Museum

Special Exhibit and Afternoon Tea Celebrate Mother’s Day at Allison-Antrim Museum

Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA will host Afternoon Tea in the Barn on Sunday, May 1st between 1 pm and 4 pm. Tea will be served in the center two bays of the reconstructed 1860’s barn. Tables will be set with vintage napkins and china. Sweet and savory treats will be served with gluten-free options, along with AAMI’s signature lavender green tea, and other teas, including decaf and herbal teas.
The cost per person is $5. Reservations are required by Friday, April 29 for seating beginning on the hour at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Seating fills quickly so make your reservations early by calling 717-597-9325.
The special exhibit is “Tablecloths and Tea Towels, Vintage and New,” the oldest linens being from the 1940s,‘50s, and ‘60s.
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