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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Calling All Artists!

We, along with the Council for the Arts, are holding an exhibition here at the Old Jail during IceFest 2017. Click on the photo to see our event page:


Questions? Call 264-1667 or email


Please note that we will be closed on Saturday, December 24 & Saturday, December 31 so that our volunteers may spend time with their friends and families.


We are now on winter hours. The museum and library will be open from 10am-4pm Thursday-Saturday. Please note that we are not offering evening hours over the winter this year. Call 264-1667 with any questions – staff will still be here Monday-Saturday even though our hours have changed.


2016 Annual Dinner Meeting

Cooper Wingert, author of “Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania” and 10 other books, will be the guest speaker at the 2016 Franklin County Historical Society Annual Meeting.
Dinner will be served and paid reservations will be required. The cost is $17.00 per person.  Café D’Italia will be providing the food – salad, rolls, lasagna, and puff pastry for dessert.  A reservation form will be in our next newsletter.

Ghost Stories

Thank you to everyone who joined us last weekend. We hope you had a great time!