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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Ghost Stories Available

Do you need some ghost stories? Copies of Franklin County Ghosts are now available in the Gift Shop at the Old Jail.

Franklin Co Ghosts


Murder at the Old Jail

Murder Mystery flyer 2014
Join us on October 31 or November 1 to see if you can figure out, “Who killed the Sheriff?” Seven suspects will be on hand to give you clues. Come any time between 6:00 and 10:00 pm. Adults $8, Children ages 6-12 $4. To obtain tickets, mail payment to FCHS-K, 175 E. King Steet, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or call 717-264-1667 to pay with credit card. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Old Market Day at the Old Jail

Caroline Houser-Gen McCausland (2)

General McCausland and Caroline Houser visiting at the Old Jail on July 19.

We need your help!!

The society is seeking several volunteers to serve as tour guides & to assist patrons in the genealogy library. For more information please contact our office at 717-264-1667 or


Contributions Solicited for the Annual Journal

The editor invites articles, notes or documents on the history of Franklin County and its people. Such articles may deal with new areas of research or may review what has been written and published in the past.

Manuscripts should be typed double spaced. Citations, also double-spaced, should be placed at the end of the text. Electronic submissions should be in Word format with any suggested graphics digitized. Authors should follow the rules set out in the Chicago Manual of Style. Queries concerning  the content and form of contributions may be sent to the Editor at the Society.