In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control , the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Office of Gov. Wolf, we have decided to close the Franklin County Historical Society. This closure will remain in effect until further directives are issued indicating it is safe to reopen the library and museum for tours.

We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience.



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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Crossed Keys Newsletter

Upcoming exhibit for            2020

 "Votes for Women"

  A Movement Toward   Equality - Celebrating

 the 19th Amendment


FCHS newest book has now arrived.

"Escapes From The Old Jail" by

Michelle Wade.

326 exciting pages telling the stories of the many escapes from the 1818/1880 Old Jail.

Order online TODAY! from the Gift Shop


** Donations **

Your contribution will help to support the Franklin County Historical Society on a daily basis and will enable us to continue to properly maintain our buildings. The thoughtfulness and continued interest in historic preservation and education by you, our supporter, is appreciated.


FCHS-K is a 501(c)(3) organization under U.S. Internal Revenue Code.  Your gift may be tax deductible according to law. 

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

We will be closed to the public. We will not have Tours or Genealogy Research services available. This is due to the outbreak and control of the Coronavirus. Thank you for understanding. The Staff is not onsite due to "Lock Down".
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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). Other library times by appointment.


Group tours during open hours or by appointment. Groups larger than 8 should call into the Society to see if a docent is on duty for tour.

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Franklin County Historical Society
2020 College Scholarship Winner 

FCHS is pleased to announce the scholarship winner for the 2020 year is Patrick Rowland.  Patrick is from Greencastle Antrim HS, graduating with a 4.3 GPA.  His dual major is Philosophy and Medieval Renaissance Studies and he has been accepted to Duke University. A self- motivated person, his work ethic, volunteer experiences, and awards are too numerous to mention.  He is well deserving of this scholarship and we know his future looks very bright.


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