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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You  are  cordially  invited  to  our  private  party………..

~ “ROCK AROUND THE JAIL” an evening of fun ~

Franklin County Historical Society/Old Jail

Friday, March 10, 2017 ~ 5:00pm – 10:00pm

~ MC & Music by Frank Hancock, Dancing and Entertainment

~ Hors d’oeuvres, open bar with wine, beer, soda and water

~ Cells open (w/ tables and chairs) for your lounging and picture taking

~ See the dungeon below at your leisure

~ 50’s & 60’s attire encouraged but not required

Contact Ann Hull for tickets ~ RSVP before Monday, March 6th

@ (717)264-1667 or

Donations are $50.00 per couple for the fun-filled evening

Payable to Franklin County Historical Society

(cash, check, PayPal or credit cards accepted – thank you)

They’re going to go quickly, don’t wait to get your tickets!

Used Books for Sale

We’ve updated our inventory of used books for sale! Stop by the Old Jail Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm to take a look at our selection or click on the link below.

Used Books

Doorways Hunt Winners!

Congratulations to our winners! 1st – Stephanie and Brian, 2nd – Kristin and Mike, 3rd – Rochelle. We sent you an email!
Six people/teams had all of the correct answers and we drew from those to find our winners. The other people with correct answers were Barbara and David, Sarah W., and Elizabeth G..
Thank you to everyone who participated!
The correct answers were:
1. Zullinger, Davis and Trinh
2. 211 5th Ave.
3. 115 Kenwood Rd.
4. 1526 Edgar Ave.
5. 147 East Washington St.
6. 570 Montgomery Ave.
7. 347 East Queen St.
8. 301 Philadelphia Ave. (N. Main)
9. Franklin Co. Courthouse
10. 136 E. Queen St.
11. Masonic Temple
12. The Stoner House
13. 1574 Hudson Ave.
14. 251 Glen St.
15. S.A. Huber
16. DiLoreto, Consentino and Bolinger
17. 532 Broad St.
18. 1649 Alexander Ave.
19. 532 East King St.
20. 580 East Catherine St.

For a link to the answers on the photos, click here:

Doorways Event

Ice Fest Art Exhibit

The Franklin County Historical Society, 175 East King Street, will host the Council for the Arts Art Show during Ice Fest 2017. Art will be displayed at the Old Jail and be available to view from 10:00-4:00 on Saturday, January 28. There will be an artist reception at the jail on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00. The exhibit will remain open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until February 25.

Event link:

Art Show

Charles Stoner Artwork Exhibit

The Franklin County Historical Society will be offering an exhibit of local artist Charles Stoner’s artwork from Saturday, January 28 to Saturday, February 25. Stoner (1906-2008) was known for his pen and ink drawings depicting historical events and scenes. On display will be framed works, as well as examples of cards and small prints.
The Historical Society is open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visitors to view the exhibit.
For information call 717.264.1667 or email

Event link:

Stoner Art Exhibit