Archive for Did You Know?

New Resource

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.

Annual Journal

Our 25th volume of the Kittochtinny Papers has been mailed to the membership.  Five of the seven articles pertain to the Civil War, one on Frank Feathers, and one on Baker’s Cavern.   Look for it in your mailbox!

Mortar Mystery

The Chambersburg Herald newspaper of October 4, 1879 recorded that the huge stone mortar which stands in front of one of the drugstores in Chambersburg is made of bases and capitals of the columns of the Court House burned by the rebels in 1864.  It is six feet high, weighs three tons and (at that time) is the largest sign of its kind in the world.  Under its weight is a cavity in which a number of photos of townfolk of 1865-6, are marked in lead pencil and sealed in a glass bottle.

We don’t know what happened to the glass bottle, but the mortar stands in the west garden of the “Old Jail,” part of our historical society.

Lorenzo Dow

Lorenzo Dow

Lorenzo Dow was an itinerant preacher (1777-1834) known for  mesmerizing audiences.  Beside the President, he was the second most well known man of the time.  His autobiography was the second best selling book behind the Bible.  It was said he preached at the McAnulty Tavern in Greenvillage “if he didn’t abuse the Catholics.”

Dick Allday


Corner of LWW & Glen St.  Is this really Dick Allday, developer of Glen Street, the first development in Chambersburg?   A German, he was burned in effigy on the Square during WWI.