Blog: Experience John Brown and More

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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Come One, Come All! The Circus is in Town!

Join us this Saturday, July 15 from 10am-4pm for a circus exhibit and children’s fun day at the Old Jail!  We’ll have ice cream, popcorn, face painting, a bounce house, and more!  2-12 $5, 12 & up $3, and under 2 are free.

Tours of the jail and John Brown house will also be available.

Check out our event page here: When the Circus Came to Town

The McCormick Civil War Institute is hosting an event on Saturday that our members may be interested in attending – Cool Spring 153rd Anniversary

Cemetery Hunt Winners!

We have our winners! No one was perfect, but 10 of you only missed one (number 14 – the number of graves in the Good plot)

First Place – Putt Family
Second Place – Cindy Happel and Mary Cramer
Third Place – Nancy Robinson
We’ll be in contact about your prizes!

Others who missed one: Stine/Hann, Pfaff, Elrick, Burkey, Reed, Dively-Wenger, Gift, and Cummings. Seven of you missed two, and one team missed three. One team turned in only six answers, but they were all correct. Eight teams didn’t return their packet.

Thank you all for participating! We hope you had fun!
If you have any questions, please email

We will be closed on Tuesday.  Happy 4th of July!

Advanced Tickets Now Available!

Join us for local music, beer, wine, and food in the courtyard!
Adult admission tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door, and children 6-12 are $2.

Food, drink, and alcohol will be available for purchase.
We’ll have local BBQ, as well as tasty food from Falafel Shack!
Beer by GearHouse Brewing Co. and wine by Jan Zell Wines!

Original local music from the Nick Andrew Staver Trio :

and Jo’ Blues

This event is the premier fundraiser for the Franklin County Historical Society and will benefit historical education sites including the Old Jail, John Brown House, Brown’s Mill School, and St. Thomas Tollhouse. Sponsorship opportunities are available – contact Jenny at 264-1667 or for information.

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

No pets/smoking inside the walls.

Feel free to bring your chairs and blankets!