Blog: Experience John Brown and More

Abolitionist John Brown planned his raid on the Federal Arsonal at Harpers Ferry while staying at the Ritner Boarding House in Chambersburg.

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Genealogy Workshop for Courhouse Research

Have you wanted to do research on family records at the county courthouse but didn’t know how to go about it? Then you will definitely want to sign up for the upcoming “Genealogy Workshop for Courthouse Research.” For three Fridays from 1 – 3 pm, you will have the opportunity to learn the procedures, systems and how to’’ve always wanted to know. March 27 will cover the basics of estate records – wills, probates, letters of administration and inventories. April 10 will be about land records – early tax records, deeds and releases. April 17 will cover Orphans Court – settling estates, auditor’s reports, widow’s appraisements, and guardian appointments. Each class is $15. You may register for only one or two classes, or the whole series. Pre-register by sending your payment with your name, address, phone number and email address to FCHS-K, 175 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Indicate which classes you will be taking and whether you will need a case study to work on or have your own. Class size is limited. Email with any questions.

Downton Abbey – American Style

Downton Abbey Secretary“Downton Abbey – American Style” is an expression of that time period from the downing of the Titanic to the Roaring Twenties through storyboards that interpret the “men who made America”—the industrialists, the new technologies, the robber barons, and their importance. Look for the two connections to our area.

The exhibit is available Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour booklets are available for $2. Also be sure to enjoy the wonderful art exhibition “Down the Garden Path” during the month of February.

Call for Papers

The editor of the Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny, Journal of Franklin County History, invites articles, notes, or documents on the history of Franklin County and its people. Such articles may deal with new areas of research or may review what has been written and published in the past.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced. Citations, also double-spaced should be placed at the end of the text. Electronic submissions should be in Word format with any suggested graphics digitized. Authors should follow the rules set out in the Chicago Manual of Style. Queries concerning the content and form of contributions may be sent to the editor at the Society.

Dr. Stephen B. Burg, Contact:

John Brown Hung Today

John Brown was executed by hanging for treason on this date in 1859. Before hearing his sentence, Brown was allowed make an address to the court. “. . . I believe to have interfered as I have done, . . . in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right. Now, if it be deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit: so let it be done.”

Ghost Stories Available

Do you need some ghost stories? Copies of Franklin County Ghosts are now available in the Gift Shop at the Old Jail.

Franklin Co Ghosts