Charter Day at the State Museum is Sunday, March 9th, from Noon to 4:00 p.m., corner of Third and Forster, Harrisburg. This is the only day the museum is open and FREE. This year a special feature will be the conserved, panoramic photograph of the ruins of Chambersburg (commemorating the 150th anniversary) and associated damage claims. The society will be publishing the damage claims for the anniversary and will be available on Old Market Day – July 19th.
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.read more»
We are now accepting applications for the Genealogy Workshop for Courthouse Research. The first hour of training will be at the Old Jail. The second hour will take place at the courthouse to apply what has been learned. Let us know if you need a case study to work on. Each class is $15. These classes tend to fill quickly so make your reservation early.
Some years ago, a sign stood on S. Second St. in Chambersburg, just south of Garfield which stated: 20 feet west of this marker was a half-mile race rack on which Speedy Slim ran a record of 1 minute, 21 seconds. Evidently Fairground Ave. was named for such a reason – that’s where the fairgrounds were in the 1870′s and horse racing was part of it . The fair was held there through the 1880′s.
Major Henry Hershberger, (1810-1884) from Chambersburg, became a riding master by appointment at West Point in the 1840′s and undoubtedly taught most of the generals of the Civil War. He married Sophia Greenawalt, and lived the latter part of his life in Chambersburg. He is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, but without a marker.
A wonderful database resource has been added to our library collection thanks to the 10 year work/research of one of the county employees who is sharing it with us. It is a listing of individuals who lived and/or died at the almshouse (precursor to Franklin County Home) from the late 1800′s through 1930. In some cases, additional, pertinent information about the individual is included.