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Attractions & Events

Totem Pole Playhouse

Totem Pole Playhouse is one of the best known and highly-regarded summer theaters in the United States. Its legacy extends to the pinnacle of almost every facet of the entertainment industry featuring an enclave of professional performing artists like Jean Stapleton, Melissa Gilbert, Curtis Armstrong and others. For the current season or ticket information, visit their website: TotemPolePlayhouse.org 

Civil War Seminars & Tours

A division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, these Civil War history tours are led by expert historians that feature bus tours of monuments, battle sites and museums along with talks by nationally recognized historians. CivilWarSeminars.org

John Brown House

The John Brown House (Ritner Boarding House) boarded the famous abolitionist under the alias of Isaac Smith. He stayed there from June until mid-October 1859, while receiving supplies and recruits for his raid on Harpers Ferry. Tours are available by appointment. 717-264-1667

Franklin County Historical Society: Old Jail

Built in 1818, the Old Jail survived the burning of Chambersburg by Confederates in 1864. Now the home of the Franklin County Historical Society, groups are welcome to tour the building and its exhibits, or do local research in the genealogy library. FranklinHistorical.org

Old Franklin County Jail
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Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Recently relocated into a refurbished bank building in the heart of downtown, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is a great place to start your tour of Chambersburg! They have historic exhibits, information about things to do, places to see and more. ExploreFranklinCountyPa.com

Downtown Chambersburg Second Saturdays

Organized by Downtown Business Council, Second Saturdays are held in Chambersburg from May through October with special events, music, community outreach, art, shopping and more than a dozen restaurants. DiscoverChambersburg.com

ChambersFest

ChambersFest is a weeklong celebration in July that includes a range of events such as the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race, Scoop-a-Palooza, Old Market Day and a re-enactment of the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg. This week is also Restaurant Week, where participating Chambersburg restaurants offer meal deals and special cuisine to celebrate ChambersFest. Patrons of participating restaurants are eligible to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Chambersburg.org/ChambersFest

CrabFeast

CrabFeast is a popular annual festival held in August, featuring all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs, barbecue and all the fixin’s, small games of chance and more. Proceeds go to benefit downtown revitalization efforts. DowntownCburg.com

AppleFest

In October, enjoy AppleFest on Main Street. Stroll the streets for craft vendors, food trucks, art, music, kids’ activities and more organized by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg. DiscoverChambersburg.com

Chamber Travel Club

An initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber Travel Club offers Franklin County residents an opportunity to travel to various destinations with their friends, family and neighbors. The Travel Club is open to all; call 717-264-7101 for details. Chambersburg.org/TravelClub

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in downtown Chambersburg features more than $2,000 in giveaways for holiday shoppers who spend $25 or more at a downtown business the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Cocoa Crawl

Visit Main Street in downtown Chambersburg for the Cocoa Crawl in December and sample cocoa creations by local businesses. For $5, you can also purchase a souvenir mug and a ballot to vote for your favorite cocoa! DiscoverChambersburg.com

IceFest

The largest festival in Pennsylvania, IceFest helps shake the mid-winter blues with a four-day festival usually held in January. Downtown sidewalks are lined with hand-carved ice sculptures and events happen every day including the Chili-Q, Icing on the Cake, Snowfall Ball, live ice carvings and more. IceFestPa.com

Chambersburg

at a Glance

CHAMBERSBURG BOROUGH

Area: 6.93 square miles • Total Population: 21,143 • Median Family Income: $63,192

Elected Officials: Mayor Walter C. Bietsch – Ten members of Borough Council

Zip Code: 17201 & 17202 • Borough Office: 100 South Second Street • Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone: 717-264-5151Website: Borough.Chambersburg.pa.us

Chambersburg is known as the only northern town to be burned by Confederates during the Civil War. Through a combination of state and private funding, it took residents more than 30 years to fully restore the town’s housing to pre-Civil War conditions.

Residents of Chambersburg in the Civil War era had relatives on both sides of the war. On July 17, 1878 more than 15,000 people attended the dedication of the Memorial Fountain in the town square to honor those Civil War soldiers. A statue of a Union soldier was placed facing south next to the fountain to guard against the return of the southern raiders who burned the town in 1864. The memory of the Civil War in Chambersburg is commemorated annually during the weeklong festival known as ChambersFest.

Chambersburg is one of two municipalities in Pennsylvania to own and operate a public gas utility. Chambersburg also operates a regional water system and regional sanitary sewer system controlled directly by the Town Council. Known as the county seat of Franklin County, Chambersburg has a large and diverse community while maintaining a small town feel.

POPULATION (Franklin County)

Total Males: 75,710    Total Females: 78,437    Persons per Square Mile: 200.8

BY RACE

White, Non-Hispanic

Hispanic/Latino

Black or African American

Other

Franklin Co.

87.3%

6.1%

3.8%

2.8%

PA

75.6%

7.8%

10.7%

5.8%

MEDIAN INCOME

Median Household Income

Median Family Income

Franklin Co.

$63,379

$75,385

PA

$61,744

$78,521

BY RACE

White, Non-Hispanic
   Franklin Co. 87.3%
   PA: 75.6%

Hispanic/Latino
   Franklin Co.
6.1%
   PA:
7.8

Black or African American
   Franklin Co.
3.8%
   PA: 
10.7%

Other
   Franklin Co.
2.8%
   PA:
5.8%

MEDIAN INCOME

Median Household Income
   Franklin Co.
$63,379
   PA:
$61,744

Median Family Income
   Franklin Co.
$75,385
   PA:
$78,521

LABOR FORCE (Franklin County)

Civilian Labor Force: 78,033

Employed: 74,289    Unemployed: 3,744

Unemployment Rate (April 2021): 5.6%

LAND & CLIMATE

Franklin County Land Area: 772.22 square miles

State Game Lands: 15,718 acres

Chambersburg Altitude: 640 ft. above sea level

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