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Artifact of the Month

Susan Brown Chambers

This oil on canvas, exhibited in the Chambers room, is a portrait of the granddaughter of the founder  of Chambersburg, Colonel Benjamin Chambers, and daughter of his son Captain Benjamin Chambers.  She lived on Main Street and never married, 1804-1884, and is buried in The Falling Spring Presbyterian Church graveyard in the Chambers plot.

(on loan from Lucy Chambers Kegerreis Yohe)

Previous Artifact of the Month

The engraved sword and scabbard of Colonel Peter Housum.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was the junior member in the firm of Housum and Wood (later T. B. Woods & Co) and was mustered in on April 20, 1861.  He fell, mortally wounded at the battle of Stone River, Tennessee on Dec 31, 1862.  He was buried there, but his remains were brought back to Chambersburg on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1863 and reinterred at Cedar Grove Cemetery with an appropriate ceremony for a fallen patriot.  The first local GAR Post was named for him and housed in a building on West Queen St, no longer standing.