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Chambersburg--Small Town Friendliness

Chambersburg--Small Town Friendliness

Chambersburg, the county seat of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, is the historic and commercial center of the region; it is a rich agricultural and residential area.
Benjamin Chambers, who in 1730 along with his brother, crossed the Susquehanna River and headed to the confluence of the Conococheaque Creek and the Falling Spring, settled this small town. This location provided him with the water power necessary for a gristmill and a sawmill, which operated there for many years.
Colonel Chambers formally laid out the community extending south and east from the fort that had been built for protection against the Indian raids, in 1764.
Chambersburg grew in importance as a crossroad where the travel east to west toward the frontier crossed the travel north and south within the great valley.
The municipal government was established through a state granted charter as a borough in 1803.
By 1859, Chambersburg was a stop on the famous Underground Railroad, and abolitionists John Brown, Frederick Douglass and their followers met there when planning the disastrous raid on Harpers Ferry.
During the American Civil War on October 11, 1862, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his men looted Chambersburg during a raid into the north.
On July 30, 1864 the town was burned down by Confederate forces under Brigadier-General John McCausland for failing to provide a ransom of $500,000 in US currency, or $100,000 in gold.
Since then the borough was rebuilt and has grown.
Chambersburg merges the best of small town friendliness and closeness to major metropolitan areas with rich history, arts and culture, and recreational opportunities.
Enjoy a visit to Caledonia State Park or a walking tour of historic sites in downtown Chambersburg. Take in dinner at one of the area's many restaurants and round out the evening with a visit to Totem Pole Playhouse or the Capitol Theatre. Outdoorsmen are attracted to the area's hunting and fishing. Hikers, picnickers, and campers enjoy the natural beauty of several nearby state parks.
The drive in and around Chambersburg is striking.

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