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Old Franklkin County Jail

Franklin County Historical Society at 175 East King Street Chambersburg, PA will be giving away old newspapers free dated from early 1800s up to mid 1900s. These newspapers were previously scanned and are bound together with string and covers.

Just come to the Historical Society on Friday April 28 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday April 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and pick up free old newspapers. Papers are located on third floor.

Pass the word to your friends or whoever may be interested in receiving old copies of newspapers from the Franklin County area.

Newspapers Give-A-Way Event


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.

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 a list of these photos. You may purchase digital copies of photos for $5.00 each.

      VOLUNTEERS WANTED          717-264-1667 

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


What's New At FCHS
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Monthly Meeting May 27 7pm Pam Anderson Recognizing the First Families of Franklin County(
Ghost Pit Paranormal

Who still watches the cell blocks? Is it time for your medicine inmate? Who's that screaming from the dungeon and what are they saying? Join The Ghost PIT and Seeking Spirits as we take you behind the walls of the Old Franklin County Jail. You will use state of the art equipment and investigate within the cells, halls, and dungeons of this historic and haunted Chambersburg, PA landmark. Tickets for this are just $20 and can be purchased by sending payment through PayPal to or by calling 717-496-6071. 


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.

America 250

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!!!!

Bus Trips by FCHS
Please visit Upcoming Bus Tours
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Crossed Keys Newsletter and free subscription to Franklin County's version of

We just added lots of cemetery record information under Members Only Section - Take alook.

Charles Stoner Drawings 


** 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!

175 East King Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone    717-264-1667


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