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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Old Jail Cupola Pens Available

We have a limited number of Old Jail cupola pens available. The pens are made from the original white pine beams and come with a certificate of authenticity. Stop by and get your own piece of Chambersburg history for only $20, tax included.

Escape Room Reservations Now Available

Can you “Break Out of the 1880 Jail with the Gold Bar”? We’re now taking reservations for our newly redesigned escape room event. Teams of 6-8 people will have an hour to break out of the 1880 cell block by using clues and solving puzzles.
The cost is $20 per person and you must pay at the time of reservation.  We have time slots on April 6,7,8,20,21,22 and May 4,5,6,18,19,20.  Call 717-264-1667.

Bob O’Connor Speaks on Underground RR

Author Bob O’Connor, in conjunction with the African American History Association, will speak on the Underground Railroad on Saturday, April 14 from 1:00-3:00pm. This event will take place at the John Brown House, 225 East King Street, Chambersburg. This event is free and all are welcome! Call 717-264-1667 for information.

Black History Month Speakers at FCHS

Check out the event link here

Genealogy Workshop!

Join us for a genealogy workshop focusing on different types of county court records and learn how to research courthouse records and archives! Topics will include estate records (wills and probate), Orphan’s Court (estate settlements, guardians, appraisements), and land records (deeds and tax records). Our presenters are Pam Anderson, professional genealogist and Society volunteer, Justin McHenry, Director of the Franklin County Archives and Society board member, and Michele Wade, long-time researcher, Society board member and library volunteer.

You may sign up for any of the individual sessions or all three.
The schedule is as follows, all times are 1:00-3:00pm:

Friday, April 20 – Introduction to county records and repositories at the Franklin County Historical Society (Old Jail Library)
Friday, April 27 – Guided research at the Franklin County Archives (Franklin Farm Lane)
Friday, May 4 – Guided research at the Franklin County Courthouse

Pricing is as follows:

Session 1: $20.00
Session 2: $15.00
Session 3: $15.00
Sessions 1-3: $45.00

For questions about the workshops specifically, contact Pam at 717.597.1345 /

To reserve your spot, mail or drop off the form posted in this event with payment at the Old Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg, 17201. You may also call and pay by credit card at 717.264.1667. We can also send you a form by email by sending a message to  Event link here

Form Here: Genealogy Workshop Form