Visitors often recognize Chambersburg for the peaches, or for its historical significance as the northernmost town burned by Confederates during the Civil War. While these are important identifying factors, anyone who spends time in Chambersburg knows that the town and its community represent so much more.
Located at the crossroads of two of the nation’s oldest and most important transportation routes, U.S. Routes 11 and 30, Chambersburg is a perfect combination of modern and industrial yet friendly and intimate. While it’s not the largest or most famous town in Pennsylvania, Chambersburg is a place where activity, diversity and history combine in perfect harmony.
Chambersburg is the county seat of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and it welcomes locals and visitors alike with open arms. It offers not only picturesque farmland and fresh air, but a charming downtown and an impressive economy as well. Chambersburg has a lot to offer its community, including anything from golf courses and ski slopes to food trucks, festivals and specialty retail stores. There is no shortage of shopping, dining or recreational options, and Chambersburg’s close proximity to Interstate 81 offers a great place to put down roots or to enjoy a short visit.
The people of Chambersburg are the epitome of community; organizations and individuals join together to contribute to the town’s prosperity, creating an ideal place to live and work. As one of the fastest growing areas in Pennsylvania, Chambersburg has a remarkable past, a flourishing present and a promising future.
Area: 70.4 sq. miles • Total Population: 2,397 • Median Family Income: $69,966
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17201 & 17202 Chambersburg, 17244 Orrstown, 17246 Pleasant Hall & 17265 Upper Strasburg
The township is named after Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland. The Horse Valley Bridge, Rocky Spring. Presbyterian Church and Skinner Tavern are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Letterkenny Chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war in World War II, and is operated by the United Churches of Chambersburg today. The bell tower is 65 feet high and inside the chapel the words, written in Latin, read: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Area: 35.7 square miles • Total Population: 11,097 • Median Family Income: $84,478
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17201 & 17202 Chambersburg
The 100-foot long, multi-span stone arch bridge between Guilford and Hamilton Townships was built before 1860 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
The Hamilton Township Municipal Authority (HTMA) is a collection and conveyance sewer system that gathers water from residential and commercial properties to be treated at a wastewater treatment plant. To date, HTMA has 73 miles of sewer lines, 14 pumping stations and 1,200 manholes
ST. THOMAS TOWNSHIP
Area: 51.7 square miles • Total Population: 6,002 • Median Family Income: $77,070
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17202 Chambersburg, 17225 Greencastle & 17252 St. Thomas
It is the birthplace of both Baseball Hall of Fame member Nellie Fox and U.S. Army Brigadier General and Legislator Charles Thomas Campbell.
Built in 1810, the St. Thomas Tollhouse served the Chambersburg and Bedford Turnpike Road Company for 100 years. Known as Tollhouse Number Two, it is believed to be a pre-existing structure built by the Campbell family and used as a distillery. Tollhouse Number One was located in Chambersburg.
Area: 51 square miles • Total Population: 14,808 • Median Family Income: $82,525
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17201 & 17202 Chambersburg, 17222 Fayetteville, 17235 Marion & 17261 South Mountain
Most of Guilford township is in the Great Appalachian Valley, with ridges in the eastern section that are part of South Mountain.
The township has a total area of 51 square miles and has the following communities within it: Duffield, East Fayetteville, Guilford Springs, Marion, New Franklin, Social Island, Stoufferstown and others.
Area: 32.9 square miles • Total Population: 2,286 • Median Family Income: $68,871
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17232 Lurgan, 17240 Newburg, 17244 Orrstown, 17251 Roxbury & 17257 Shippensburg
Lurgan can be traced to Northern Ireland; early land-owners carried familiar Scotch-Irish names that were typical of the colonial period.
According to the U.S. Census, the township has a total of 32.8 square miles, of which 0.1 square miles is water.
Area: 56.8 square miles • Total Population: 17,667 • Median Family Income: $79,291
Elected Officials: Township Supervisors • Zip Codes: 17201 & 17202 Chambersburg, 17222 Fayetteville, 17254 Scotland & 17257 Shippensburg
Greene Township was established in 1788 and was named after Nathaniel Greene, a well-known General during the American Revolutionary War. The Township expanded along the roadways that were in close proximity to the Conococheague Creek.
The Caledonia Forge was built in 1830 followed by a furnace in 1837. The ore supplying the forge came from Pond Bank and Mont Alto.
Source: U.S. Census – 2015-2019 America Community Survey • Population Estimates & American Community Survey • Selected Economic Characteristics