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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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

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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

Ice Carving by Danny Kissel

Danny Kissel, winner of Food Network’s Halloween Wars, will be carving outside of the Old Jail at 9am on Jan. 27 during Icefest and Artfest! Check out his page here: link

Artfest for the Kids 2018

We are proud to host Artfest at the Old Jail on January 27, 2018.  The jail opens to the public at 9am, where you can watch artists at work until 4pm.  The auction begins at 4:30pm. Event Link