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Mission Statement:

The object of the Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny shall be to foster increased knowledge of the history of Franklin County and the Cumberland Valley through a museum and library, to publish papers of the corporation at irregular intervals, to oversee property and assets received, and to promote preservation of historic sites.

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Please visit the FCHS Online Gift Shop. We have over 500 items for sale: new and used books, old newspapers, etc.

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What's New At FCHS
We have over 12,000 digital photos dating from 1920 to 1940s available for purchase. These photos came from M.B. Mumper photography in Chambersburg. Click the button below to view and/or purchase digital photos.
Cost $5.00 each.

      VOLUNTEERS WANTED          717-264-1667 

We have something for everyone! Docents (Tour Guides), Librarians, Data Entry, Transcribers and more.

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Please visit Upcoming Bus Tours
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Museum tours and Library are open November through April. (Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm) and May through October (Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4pm). Please note that the last tour must start by 3pm.

Group tours by appointment. Groups larger than 8 should call into the Society to see if a docent will be available.

Tour prices at the Old Jail and John Brown house have increased slightly for 2022.

            Thank you for your support!


The vision of the project is "To engage all Americans in what will be the largest and most inclusive celebration and commemoration in our nation’s history…”.

Click "250" to view video about America 250 Celebration!!!!

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** Donations **

To Donate: Click on FCHS Gift Shop above. Scroll down on the store page and then click on Donations. Find the amount you wish to donate to FCHS-K. Again Thank You!

Frequently asked questions

Where can I park when I visit the Franklin County Histoprical Society?

Park in the lot to the left of the Old Jail building or large parking lot at the Coyle Free Library (located to the left of the Old Jail ) both walking distance to FCHS.

Can I use Contact Us for research questions?

No. We prefer that you use the Library/Research dropdown on the Home page and then click Genealogy Services button.

How can I become a member of FCHS?

You may come in to the building and ask for Jenny and then complete forms and make payment OR you can click on the top right side of the Home page and then click on Join Us/Renewal. Just follow instructions and pay online for your membership.

Do I need to wear a mask when visiting the Old Jail or FCHS?

If you have not been vaccinated , YES you must wear a mask. If you are a school student then you must also wear a mask.

Do you allow paranormal investigations at the Old Jail?

Yes, but we do charge a fee. Please contact Neil Rensch at nbhrensch@comcast.net. We DO NOT alllow overnight investigations.

175 East King Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone    717-264-1667


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Please DO NOT use "CONTACT US" for any research requests. Click this link - Genealogy Requests

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