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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Call for Art – It’s a Wonderful Life!

“It’s a Wonderful Life”, a “call for entries” show presented by Franklin County Historical Society at the Old Jail, will be held January 27 – February 24, 2018. “It’s a Wonderful Life” might inspire you to paint something wonderful in your life, whether personal, a landscape, or something you’re grateful for – a person, a thing –  whatever! The Historical Society wants to make this a show that will appeal to everyone!

Deadline for entry forms will be Tuesday Jan. 23, and entries will be delivered Thursday Jan. 25 10am-4pm and Friday Jan. 26, 10 AM-2 pm.  A reception will be held Sunday, February 4, 2-4 pm, and the show will be open Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 10 AM – 4 pm. Call 717-264-1667 for more details.

Ornaments Arrive 12/7!

A shipment of our glass ornaments will arrive on December 7.  To purchase yours, call 717-264-1667.  The cost is $20 each, tax included.  Shipping is available for $4.95.

Glass Christmas Ornaments Available

To order your FCHS-K Christmas ornament, call 717-264-1667 or mail the order form to 175 East King Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.  If you would like to pick up your ornament at the Old Jail please note that on the form.

Check out this article about our escape room event!

Cookbook Submissions Wanted

FCHS is publishing a cookbook for the 200th Anniversary of the Old Jail, and we need your help! Find the forms and instructions here: Cookbook Forms