Archive for September 2013
John Nelson Wanamaker, father of entrepreneur John Wanamaker of Philadelphia store fame, actually lived in Chambersburg around 1860 and during the Civil War. Nelson and son William were masons who had a brickyard on Lincoln Way East (then known as Market St) and they built Wanamaker Row. Those townhouses still stand today in the third block of Lincoln Way before the railroad highline. Nelson died in 1862 and was buried here, but his remains were later moved to Philadelphia. The only remnants of the family existence in Chambersburg are these townhouses.