Appalachian Trail Museum – dedicated to the history of the Appalachian Trail

Conococheague Institute – early settlement and French & Indian War history in the “Welsh Run” area of Franklin County

Cumberland County Historical Society – based in Carlisle, PA, with a rich website including a “virtual museum” tour of their new museum

Dauphin County Historical Society – website for the county including the state capital, Harrisburg, PA

Explore Franklin County – site of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Explore Pennsylvania History – stories about Pennsylvania history, Pennsylvania Historic Markers, lessons for teachers

Franklin County Archives – search Franklin County, PA, archives

Fulton County Historical Society – the county to the west of Franklin; sparsely populated, but rich in history

Genealogy Buff – a good source in the search for family roots

Genealogy Forum– the “Genform” forum from

Genealogy Message Board – The “Rootsweb” message board for Franklin County, PA genealogy

Genealogy Searches – basic questions on finding genealogical records in Franklin County are found here:

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce –  with links to area and Civil War Seminar information 

Greencastle Museum –  Allison-Antrim Museum provides a home for the artifacts, treasures, and history of Greencastle-Antrim’s past in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

History of Franklin County – the 1887 Warner-Beers History of Franklin County online

Huntingdon County Historical Society – northwest of Franklin County with many Franklin County connections.

Old Jewish Cemetery – Dating back to 1840, the Old Jewish Cemetery of Chambersburg is believed to be the earliest Jewish burial ground west of the Susquehanna. After almost a century of neglect and oblivion this unique monument of American Jewish history was restored in 1988 and again in 2000. The epitaphs were documented in 2006. They tell the fascinating story of German Jewish immigrants in 19th-century southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  Click here for the story of the Jewish presence in Franklin County

Linkpendium for Franklin County – contains a wide variety of genealogical links for the county.

Mercersburg Chamber of Commerce –  with Mercersburg information and links

Shippensburg Historical Society– for information about the events of the society in this old Pennsylvania town

The Valley Revue – summary of local places and events for the four state area.  Calendar of events every month

Valley of the Shadow – a major project on the experiences of two counties in the Civil War (Augusta County, VA and Franklin County, PA) that covers the years 1859-1870 (includes newspaper archives)

Washington County Historical Society – the site for the Washington County, Maryland Historical Society with resources for the researcher