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Civil War Weekend – August 18-20

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Get your Advanced Tickets Now!

Stop by the Old Jail and purchase your advanced tickets for Lock, Stock, & Rock on September 9! You’ll save $2 on an adult ticket if you get yours before the day of the event.  Tickets can also be purchased online at Ticketleap!

Blog: Chambersburg’s Early Water Systems

The first known water system in Chambersburg was established in 1818 by the Chambersburg Water Co., a private enterprise. Water was supplied by a water wheel driven pump along the Falling Spring near the present day Chambersburg Hospital. Water was pumped through wooden pipes made from pine logs bored out by hand and jointed. There were 37 initial subscribers.
By 1871 the town council declared the water supply inadequate and hired H.P.M. Berkenbine from Philadelphia to engineer a new water system. The Borough financed the project that included a ground based brick reservoir near the corner of what is now Federal and Franklin Streets. They later bought the C.B. Gish flouring mill near present day Siloam Road. After many experiments they were finally able to get the system running satisfactorly, and from 1891 to 1911 the people of Chambersburg had no other source of water than that from the creek.
Around 1909 the Borough decided to abandon the Siloam Plant and aquire a new source from Birch Run above Caledonia. Birch Run would use gravity instead of a pump to run water to town.
The first pipeline from the mountain to town was installed in 1910 and 1911 and the first water arrived on July 3, 1911. The system was connected to the existing piping throughout town and brought an end to the use of the Conococheague Creek as a source of city water.

Rock, Stock, & Lock Sponsorships Available!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for our premier fundraiser, Lock, Stock, & Rock, on September 9.  We’ll have local music by The Nick Staver Trio and Jo’ Blues, local BBQ and food from Falafel Shack, beer by GearHouse Brewing Co., and wine by Jan Zell Wines!

Thank you to our sponsors so far – WAYZ 104.7, Volvo, McCleary Oil Company, Voila! Children’s Art and Creativity Center, ATA Security, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., SunnyHill Properties, Inc., M&S Harley Davidson, and Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.!

Contact Jenny at ophistory@pa.net for information.

Circus Day Sponsors

Thank you to Best Laid Seams for sponsoring our beautiful fabric decorations and thank you to Toy Box Gifts & Wonder for providing a hands-on toy table for our guests this Saturday!  Make sure to shop local and visit them both in downtown Chambersburg!