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Abolitionist John Brown planned his raid on the Federal Arsonal at Harpers Ferry while staying at the Ritner Boarding House in Chambersburg.

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Ice Fest Art Exhibit

The Franklin County Historical Society, 175 East King Street, will host the Council for the Arts Art Show during Ice Fest 2017. Art will be displayed at the Old Jail and be available to view from 10:00-4:00 on Saturday, January 28. There will be an artist reception at the jail on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00. The exhibit will remain open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until February 25.

Event link:

Art Show

Charles Stoner Artwork Exhibit

The Franklin County Historical Society will be offering an exhibit of local artist Charles Stoner’s artwork from Saturday, January 28 to Saturday, February 25. Stoner (1906-2008) was known for his pen and ink drawings depicting historical events and scenes. On display will be framed works, as well as examples of cards and small prints.
The Historical Society is open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visitors to view the exhibit.
For information call 717.264.1667 or email

Event link:

Stoner Art Exhibit

Scavenger Hunt!

Do you love the old, beautiful buildings in the Borough of Chambersburg? Participate in our Doorways of Chambersburg Scavenger Hunt!

Cost is $8 per participant and you may work in groups. Pick up your packets on Saturday, January 21st, or January 26th, 27th or 28th here at the Old Jail.

The last day answers may be turned in is when we are open on Sunday, January 29 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. You may also drop off your answers during open hours before that day.

There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. In the event that more than one team gets all of the answers correct, we will draw for the places.

For more information, call 264-1667 or see our event here:

Doorways Event


Barn Books and Posters!

Available in our gift shop – Cumberland Valley Barns for $25.00 inc. tax and Franklin County Brick End Barns posters, unframed and with key for $10.00 plus tax. These make wonderful gifts!

Calling All Artists!

We, along with the Council for the Arts, are holding an exhibition here at the Old Jail during IceFest 2017. Click on the photo to see our event page:


Questions? Call 264-1667 or email