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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Successful October Events!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Nevermore Halloween Tea, Murder Mystery, and Ghost Stories! We saw many new faces as well as many of you who have attended before.  Our volunteers had a great time meeting you all and we look forward to doing it all again next year!   We had 50 attendees at the tea, about 400 at the mystery, and about 100 at the stories.  Thank you for all your support!

Escape the Old Jail Event

Reservations available now!

The Franklin County Historical Society will hold an escape room event, “Escape the Old Jail”, on the first two weekends in November. Please see the schedule below.
– Groups will have one hour to escape. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TIME.
– The cost is $20 per person and groups will reserve a time slot.
– The group will be put under one person’s last name.
– THE ENTIRE GROUP MUST BE PAID FOR ALL AT ONCE AT THE TIME OF RESERVATION. WE ACCEPT CREDIT OVER THE PHONE OR CASH, CREDIT, OR CHECK IN PERSON IF YOU COME TO THE OLD JAIL TO RESERVE A SPOT.
– 4-6 people will be placed in a time slot. We will combine groups to get up to 6 people in a slot. For example, a group of 4 friends may be scheduled with a couple that needs a slot.
– Call 717-264-1667 Monday-Friday 10am-4pm or stop by the Old Jail Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm to pay for and reserve your spot.
Thank you!!!

SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 3
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm
7-8pm
8:30-9:30pm

Saturday, Nov. 4
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm
7-8pm
8:30-9:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 5
2-3pm
3:30-4:30pm
5-6pm
6:30-7:30pm

Friday, Nov. 9
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm
7-8pm
8:30-9:30pm

Saturday, Nov. 10
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm
7-8pm SOLD OUT
8:30-9:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 11
2-3pm
3:30-4:30pm
5-6pm
6:30-7:30pm

Blog: Ludwig’s Beer Cellars

Did you know that there were several subterranean chambers used to store vats of beer under Chambersburg? In 1942 D. Harvey Diehl converted them to bomb shelters capable of holding 1,500 people. The chambers had been built by George Ludwig (1811-1887), who immigrated from Germany and began working as a brewer for Mr. Washabaugh in 1836. (Washabaugh’s brewery was near the West King Street bridge). Ludwig then started his own brewery, eventually becoming so successful that he bought Washabaugh’s. These were lost in the burning in 1864, but he rebuilt and continued to be very successful until he retired in 1881. The caverns were 4 to 6 six feet below the surface and had ceilings about 12 feet tall. Each was furnished with a stove and electric lights. There were two toilets and ventilation shafts to allow for fresh air. Mr. Diehl covered the surface with a 60 X 60 slab of concrete and made two entrances to the underground caverns. There was supposedly a third cave that was not used for the project. The chambers are closed off and paved over now. They were located in the area behind Olympia Candy Kitchen.

Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for Ghost Stories! Call 717-264-1667 or stop by the jail to purchase yours.  Tour times are Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm.  Tours are limited to 25 people each.  See our event page here for details: Event Link

Halloween Tea – “Nevermore”

Tickets are now available for our Halloween Tea! This year’s theme is “Nevermore” and is based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.  The tea will be held in the East Courtyard and tickets are $25.00 each.  Edgar himself will be stopping by!  Call 264-1667 or stop by the jail to get your tickets! Facebook Event Page