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FCHS-K - Preserving Our History for Over 126 Years

The Franklin County Historical Society, situated in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a repository of local history and culture. It houses a genealogy library and offers tours of the Old Jail, providing insights into the region's past. The society serves as a valuable resource for researchers, history enthusiasts, and the community at large, preserving and showcasing the rich heritage of Franklin County.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Franklin County’s past. The Society has been collecting artifacts and information that tell the history of Franklin County since its inception in 1784. Countless volunteer and staff hours have been spent working to increase the public knowledge of our local history.

The Society is headquartered in The Old Jail - a historic building on East King Street in Chambersburg, PA. The society offers tours at The Old Jail and John Brown House Museums, as well as insures the preservation of the Brown's Mill School and Cemetery, & St. Thomas Toll House. The FCHS-K Genealogy Library contains thousands of books and documents pertaining to Franklin County families.


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 genealogy library, to publish papers of the corporation at irregular intervals, to oversee property and assets received, and to promote preservation of historic sites.

Board of Directors

Neil Rensch - President

Suellen Burkey - Vice-President

Cyndy Dinsmore - Secretary

Connie Eiker Estep - Treasurer

Bill Bechtold

Dale Fitzsimmons

Kathy Harmon

Jeff Irwin

William LaFond

Ann Landis

Deb Martinez

Bob Thomas

Phone: 717-264-1667

175 E King Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Genealogy Library Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Old Jail & John Brown House Museum Tours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM

John Brown House tours check in at the Old Jail

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