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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John Brown Hung Today

John Brown was executed by hanging for treason on this date in 1859. Before hearing his sentence, Brown was allowed make an address to the court. “. . . I believe to have interfered as I have done, . . . in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right. Now, if it be deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit: so let it be done.”

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