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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Rock, Stock, & Lock Sponsorships Available!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for our premier fundraiser, Lock, Stock, & Rock, on September 9.  We’ll have local music by The Nick Staver Trio and The Pale Barn Ghosts, local BBQ and food from Falafel Shack, beer by GearHouse Brewing Co., and wine by Jan Zell Wines!

Thank you to our sponsors so far – WAYZ 104.7, Volvo, Voila! Children’s Art and Creativity Center, ATA Security, and Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.!

Contact Jenny at for information.

Circus Day Sponsors

Thank you to Best Laid Seams for sponsoring our beautiful fabric decorations and thank you to Toy Box Gifts & Wonder for providing a hands-on toy table for our guests this Saturday!  Make sure to shop local and visit them both in downtown Chambersburg!

Come One, Come All! The Circus is in Town!

Join us this Saturday, July 15 from 10am-4pm for a circus exhibit and children’s fun day at the Old Jail!  We’ll have ice cream, popcorn, face painting, a bounce house, and more!  2-12 $5, 12 & up $3, and under 2 are free.

Tours of the jail and John Brown house will also be available.

Check out our event page here: When the Circus Came to Town

The McCormick Civil War Institute is hosting an event on Saturday that our members may be interested in attending – Cool Spring 153rd Anniversary

Cemetery Hunt Winners!

We have our winners! No one was perfect, but 10 of you only missed one (number 14 – the number of graves in the Good plot)

First Place – Putt Family
Second Place – Cindy Happel and Mary Cramer
Third Place – Nancy Robinson
We’ll be in contact about your prizes!

Others who missed one: Stine/Hann, Pfaff, Elrick, Burkey, Reed, Dively-Wenger, Gift, and Cummings. Seven of you missed two, and one team missed three. One team turned in only six answers, but they were all correct. Eight teams didn’t return their packet.

Thank you all for participating! We hope you had fun!
If you have any questions, please email