Did you know that there were several subterranean chambers used to store vats of beer under Chambersburg? In 1942 D. Harvey Diehl converted them to bomb shelters capable of holding 1,500 people. The chambers had been built by George Ludwig (1811-1887), who immigrated from Germany and began working as a brewer for Mr. Washabaugh in 1836. (Washabaugh’s brewery was near the West King Street bridge). Ludwig then started his own brewery, eventually becoming so successful that he bought Washabaugh’s. These were lost in the burning in 1864, but he rebuilt and continued to be very successful until he retired in 1881. The caverns were 4 to 6 six feet below the surface and had ceilings about 12 feet tall. Each was furnished with a stove and electric lights. There were two toilets and ventilation shafts to allow for fresh air. Mr. Diehl covered the surface with a 60 X 60 slab of concrete and made two entrances to the underground caverns. There was supposedly a third cave that was not used for the project. The chambers are closed off and paved over now. They were located in the area behind Olympia Candy Kitchen.
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Abolitionist John Brown planned his raid on the Federal Arsonal at Harpers Ferry while staying at the Ritner Boarding House in Chambersburg.read more»
Tickets are now on sale for Ghost Stories! Call 717-264-1667 or stop by the jail to purchase yours. Tour times are Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm. Tours are limited to 25 people each. See our event page here for details: Event Link
Tickets are now available for our Halloween Tea! This year’s theme is “Nevermore” and is based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The tea will be held in the East Courtyard and tickets are $25.00 each. Edgar himself will be stopping by! Call 264-1667 or stop by the jail to get your tickets! Facebook Event Page
Last year we had just over 3,000 visitors to the Old Jail. They came from 30 states and four foreign countries. We’re on track to surpass that number for 2017!
If you are interested in becoming a docent, call 264-1667. Training is provided!
Our current membership is over 580 members. Can we hit 600 by the end of the year?
Invite your friends and family to join and reap the many benefits of membership!
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Patron level – ATA Security Systems, M&S Harley Davidson, ProTel, Smith, Elliott Kearns & Company, Statler Body Works, SunnyHill Properties, Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, First Community Bank of Mercersburg, and Voila! Children’s Art and Creativity Center