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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New Exhibit!

Presidential Campaign Propaganda: Packaging the Presidents, a new exhibit  will open on Saturday, July 16th , Old Market Day at Franklin County Historical Society, 175 E. King St..  For more info. 264-1667, or

Smoke ‘Em if you Got ‘Em Fundraiser

Roy Pitz’ 8th annual “Smokem If You Got’em event was held Saturday, July 16, in partnership with Franklin County Historical Society.  Located in the east courtyard of the “Old Jail, it was very successful and we would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and energy, and the following sponsors for helping with this major fundraiser – Volvo, Dice Imaging, McCleary Oil Company, Rotz and Stonesifer, Voila!, John Perry – Exit Preferred Realty, Statler Body Works, Thomas Geisel Funeral Home, Lumber Direct, Sunny Hill Development, Orrstown Bank, Fleagle’s Painting, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, and Brechbill Trailer Sales.

We would also like to thank Mike Albert of Historic Preservation Services for his help with the event. We couldn’t have done it without you!

You have aided us immensely in saving our history, one piece at a time!







Smoke ‘Em is Fast Approaching!

The Franklin County Historical Society is partnering with Roy Pitz Brewery to bring you the 8th Annual Smoke ‘Em if you Got ‘Em Party! The event will be held at the Old Jail on Saturday, July 16 from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The event will feature live music from The Hello Strangers and The Naked Sun. Ribbins BBQ and Western Redneck BBQ will be on site, Jan Zell Wines will have wine slushies, wine by the glass and bottle, and of course Roy Pitz will be here with their delicious brews!

Adults: $5 / Kids 6-12 $2 / 5 and Under: Free. Tickets available online, at The Stube or jail, or at the door until sold out.  Drink tickets will be $3-5 and available at the event.

This will be a tobacco-free event. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs.

Credit/Debit will be accepted with minimum purchase, but cash is preferred!


Old Jail Featured

Click the link to read an article about forgotten prisons in PA. The Old Jail is on the list!

Cemetery Hunt Answers and Winners

The winners of our Cemetery Scavenger Hunt are:

First Place, $100.00 – Kelly Smith

Second Place, $75.00 – Cathy and Dave Cellucci

Third Place, $50.00 – Charles and Kathy White

Click on the photos to enlarge and see the correct answers.

Please call 264-1667 or email Jenny at to claim your prize!