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The Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny has been the county's Historical Society from since 1898.  The society's name was changed from the Kittochtinny Historical Society in 2005.  The "Old Jail" at 175 East King Street in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is home to the Society.  The Old Jail also houses a museum and genealogical library.  The Old Jail was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970


 The society is responsible for the Old Jail museum, the John Brown House, the Brown's Mill School (a primary school in use from 1836-1921), and the Carrick Furnace (an Iron Forge in use from 1828 - 1884 and located in Metal Township)





November - April

Thursday - Saturday  10 AM - 4 PM

May - October

Tuesday - Saturday    10 AM - 4 PM


November - April

Tuesday 5 - 8 PM

Thursday - Saturday  10 AM - 4 PM

May - October 

Tuesday  10 AM - 8 PM

Wednesday - Saturday  10 AM - 4 PM




 There will be a $5.00 a day charge for non-members to use the research facilities at the Old Jail.  Members of FCHS-K may still do research without charge. 




 Museum special group tours may be arranged by appointment. Contact Joyce Horst at (717) 375-2345 or . For any other questions - genealogy, history, etc. contact the society at or call (717) 264-1667 [Fax (717) 264-1451]


 The Old Jail/ Museum and John Brown House are currently open Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with last tours at 3  p.m.


The Old Jail garden is free and open from 10 am - 4 pm Tues - Sat during the summer.


Brown's Mill School in Kauffman's Station (intersection of Brown's Mill Road and angle Road) is open Saturday and Sunday during July and August from 1 - 4 pm. Members free; non-members $2.00


Museum Fee Schedule:  


 Regular Admission - Adults $5; Ages 6 -17 $4; Maximum charge for Family is $10; Children Under six - Free; Combination tickets for the Old Jail and John Brown House for the same day are $7 each.


 Large Group Tours - Group discounts are available - please contact the Society for details


 FCHS-K Members - Free


John Brown House (225 East King Street) Fee Schedule:

Adults $4; Youth (age 6-17) $3; Family $10


Combination Old Jail & John Brown House:

Adults $7; Youth (age 6-17) $5; Family $15


 The FCHS-K is supported jointly by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Franklin County Commissioners.




 The Old Jail is seated between the two main one way streets - Main and Second - in Chambersburg.  From the north, U.S. 11 becomes Philadelphia Avenue which then becomes Main Street.  At the Coyle Free Library turn left on to King Street.  At the end of that block the Old Jail will be on your left.  From the south, U. S. 11 turns before Main (a one-way street) on to Garfield.  At the end of Garfield, turn left on to Second Street.  Continue on Second until you come to King.  The Old Jail is on the corner of Second and King.   From the east, U. S. 30 becomes Lincoln Way East.  Turn right on Second Street and at the second block on the left corner will be the Old Jail.  From the west, U. S, 30 becomes Lincoln Way West.  Follow across Main Street to Second (the next street). Turn left on Second Street and the second block will bring you to the Old Jail which sits on the corner of Second and King.  There is a parking lot on King Street between the Main Street Library and the Old Jail.  Metered parking is available on Second Street.


EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program 2012-2013 grant sponsors:  Orrstown Bank, M & T Bank, Nitterhouse Masonry  Products


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