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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.

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Updated Farm to Table Menu

Check out the updated menu for our farm to table event at Wilson College! Click on the photo to purchase tickets or call the society at 264-1667.


Farm To Table Menu/Registration Form

The menu for our Farm To Table event with Wilson College/Fulton Farm is now available! You may purchase tickets via Eventbrite or here at the Old Jail.


Eventbrite Online Tickets:

Farm to Table Event with Fulton Farm Sept. 24

Join us to celebrate our rich agricultural heritage and the bounty of the season with a delicious family-style meal from Wilson College’s Fulton Farm and other local farm partners, farm tours, music and dancing.  Whole food, plant-based options will be available and great company is guaranteed!

Sponsorships, including full tables, are available, and proceeds from this dinner will support ongoing programs. Contact with any questions.

Tickets Here

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!