Village Stories: Memories and Lore from Waynesboro’s Surrounding Communities

Village Stories: Memories and Lore from Waynesboro’s Surrounding Communities

Thursday May 19th, 2022 * 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Spotlight on Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. 
Part of a series of programs, Village Stories: Memories and Lore from Waynesboro’s Surrounding Communities.
Presented in partnership with the Waynesboro Historical Society, the program is an opportunity to learn about village life and times through shared reminiscences.
Current and former residents of the Blue Ridge Summit area are invited to attend and share their memories and stories.
Anyone interested in learning about this fascinating mountaintop village are also invited to attend.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Blue Ridge Summit was a thriving summer resort for wealthy visitors from nearby cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
It remains a vital and active mountaintop community. Historical roots are deep and many families living there today had ancestors who were involved in the early life of the village.
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Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.

During the holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM  until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM  to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January.

In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.

Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.

Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.