Archive for July 2015

Blog: Nicholas Trist

Nicholas Browse Trist was a salesman for Carnegie Steel at the time of his death in 1926 but he is more known for his famous family ties.

His marriage to his wife Kathleen Watts attached him to a very prominent Franklin County family.  His father had been a diplomat for presidents Jackson and Grant.  However he is most recognized because his grandmother was the granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, making Nicholas the great great grandson of the president.

Nicholas Trist is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetary, right off of Franklin Street in Chambersburg.  The beautiful cemetery was incorporated in 1855.




Career Magnet Students Produce Video

Mr. Foltz and his Career Magnet students at the John Brown House.  They produced a video, Is Violence the Answer? for Old Market Day.  A CD is available for educational use.




Blog: Fire Company Horse Shoe

This horse shoe was retrieved during the excavation of footers of the Hope Fire Co. around 1980 at the southeast corner of Franklin St. and Martin Ave. The Hope Fire Co., originally located at the northeastern corner of L.W.E. and Black Ave., was burned in 1864. In 1888 Chambersburg Council erected a new firehouse at the Franklin St. address. The “Rabbit Hunters” disbanded in 1903 and re-organized as the Franklin Fire Company. Story from Murray Kauffman.


Old Jail Sheriff T-Shirts and Polo Shirts Now Available!

Show your support of the Old Jail by wearing one of our new shirts! T-shirts are in stock in either blue or green for $20 and polo shirts are available to order for $30. Stop by and visit our gift shop today!


Old Jail Cupola Pens Now Available – $20 – Tax Included

Own a piece of Old Jail history when you buy one of our pens made from the original white pine wood. The pens are numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity. Limited number available!