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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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Stories Behind the Stones – A Walking Tour of Cedar Grove Cemetery

Join the Franklin County Historical Society for a walking tour of Cedar Grove Cemetery. Living history actors will be stationed throughout the cemetery, portraying interesting people from the past. Meet at the Old Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg.  We will be walking to the cemetery on Franklin Street.
Spots must be paid for and reserved ahead of time, as there is a 15 person limit for each group. No children under 6. 6-12 $5, adults $10. No pets, alcohol, or smoking please. You must be comfortable walking on the sidewalk and uneven ground on cemetery paths.
Tour times are as follows:
Friday, June 1
6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30
Saturday, June 2
6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30
Stop by the Old Jail TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-4PM or call 717-264-1667 MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-4PM to pay for and reserve your slot. No reservations can be taken on Saturday, as office staff is not in. Event link here

200th Anniversary Reception

Thank you to all of our members, guests, lawmakers, and officials who attended our anniversary reception. You can find a short video by the Public Opinion Newspaper here.


Escape the Jail Begins This Weekend

Escape the 1880 Jail begins this weekend! Call 717-264-1667 to make your reservation to play our all new escape room!  Take a look at the mugshots from our test group last weekend.


200th Anniversary Old Jail Ornaments Now Available

Our new brass ornaments  are now available. Stop by our gift shop here at the jail to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.  A gold gift box is included. The cost is $20.00 each, tax included.