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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Downton Abbey – American Style

Downton Abbey Secretary“Downton Abbey – American Style” is an expression of that time period from the downing of the Titanic to the Roaring Twenties through storyboards that interpret the “men who made America”—the industrialists, the new technologies, the robber barons, and their importance. Look for the two connections to our area.

The exhibit is available Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour booklets are available for $2. Also be sure to enjoy the wonderful art exhibition “Down the Garden Path” during the month of February.

Call for Papers

The editor of the Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny, Journal of Franklin County History, 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.

Dr. Stephen B. Burg, Contact:

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.