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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Volunteers Wanted!

We need docents and librarians, as well as special event help. We will train you! Call 717.264.1667 or email

Town & Country Christmas Tour

Join The Franklin County Historical Society on a Christmas Tour! This self-guided tour includes Letterkenny Chapel, Rocky Spring Presbyterian, Park Avenue United Methodist, St. Paul United Methodist, Trinity Lutheran, and the new Franklin County Visitors Bureau location on the Square in Chambersburg.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or the day of the event and are $10 per person. You will pick up your guide and ticket here at the Old Jail on King Street when the event begins.

Date: Sunday, December 16

Time: 1-5pm

Holiday Gifts!

Stop by the gift shop to purchase glass and brass ornaments for the holiday season.  We also have “Favorite Recipes” and “Tales From The Old Jail, An Informal History” books for sale.  Ornaments are $20, tax included and the books are $10 and $16.95 plus tax.


Thank you to Shafer Equipment for use of the lift!

Thank you Gettysburg Ghost Gals for all of your support!