DescriptionNestled in the historic Cumberland Valley, Chambersburg experienced three raids by Confederate troops during the Civil War. The last incursion culminated in 1864 with the burning of the city after its refusal to pay an indemnity. In Memorial Square in the historic district is the five-tiered Memorial Fountain and its statue of a Union soldier; the memorial was dedicated in 1878 to honor Civil War soldiers. Facing south, the statue symbolizes protection against future invasions. Also in Memorial Square are Central Presbyterian Church, with its Tiffany glass windows, and the Franklin County Courthouse, which was rebuilt after the fire of 1864.
In the summer of 1859 Chambersburg served as a base of operations for abolitionist John Brown. His headquarters were at a local boarding house. Now known as the John Brown House, the building is at 225 E. King St.; phone (717) 264-1667 for schedule information.
Founding Fathers Park, on the historic site of Chambers Fort, has walkways and benches.
Visitor InfoChambersburg Heritage Center/Chamber of Commerce 100 Lincoln Way E. CHAMBERSBURG, PA 17201. Phone:(717)264-7101
Self-guiding toursBrochures of walking and driving tours highlighting local historical sites are available at the chamber of commerce. Driving tour brochures are $1; walking tour brochures are free.
Things to SeeChambersburg Heritage Center