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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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.


The Old Brown’s Mill School


Saturdays & Sundays Brown’s Mill  School will be open 1 to 4 p.m.


Save the Dates!

Path Valley Bus Tour – Saturday, September 20, 2014: Historic Sites / Homes in the Valley, Additional information coming soon.

Mount Vernon Bus Tour— Friday, Sept. 5, 2014: Includes conducted tour of the gardens and the house plus a short boat ride on the Potomac. Cost is $115 for Society members. Contact Joyce Horst for more information at 717-375-2345 or