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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Is Violence the Answer?

Is Violence the Answer?

Is Violence the Answer?

Note on New Books

Jonathan A. Noyalas has seen his book Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah published. It concerns the effort “to recover, rebuild, and reconcile” in the ruined Shenandoah Valley after the Civil War. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback ($17.26) and Kindle ($9.99).
Louis DeCaro, Jr. ‘s books Freedom’s Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia and John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown have been published by Rowman & Littlefield (; 1-800-462-6420) . The first is priced at $45.00 and the second at $60.00; however, the books can be purchased at reduced prices (Freedom’s Dawn $31.50; John Brown Speaks $42.00) until December 31, 2015 by using the Promo Code 4S15DECARO. Freedom’s Dawn examines the rise of John Brown’s legacy and John Brown Speaks is a collection of Brown’s writings after his capture at Harpers Ferry. DeCaro is viewed by some as a controversial character; his opinions on current events and his defense of Brown are reflected in his blog at

Garden Tea Party


Kate Green portraying Lady Grantham


Frank Hancock Dancers demonstrated the Foxtrot, Waltz & Charleston

88 people arrived in their finery with hats and gloves and enjoyed the Tea Party inspired by the English on May 30th in the East Courtyard. Fantastic food and entertainment were provided. Prizes were won through trivia games and raffles. The positive comments lead us to believe we should repeat it next year.DSCN0733

Gotemba, Japan Visitors

The historical society will welcome representatives from Chambersburg’s sister city Gotemba, Japan on July 16, 2015.  The group will visit the Old Jail and tour the gardens.

Murder at the Old Jail!

Come solve the mystery at the Old Jail! October 16 & 17, 2015, 6 – 10 pm. The plot takes place during the Roaring Twenties; prohibition, gangsters, flappers & suffragettes.  More information coming soon!