Burning of Chambersburg 150th Commemoration

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Join us for the 150th Commemoration of the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg

July 19, 2014 | Downtown Chambersburg

A Civil War Re-enactment of the 1864 Confederate Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg with lights. So real, you won’t believe it isn’t actually ablaze!
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Robert E. Lee portrayed by Al Stone

The 150th Commemorative Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg will begin with pre-burning activities highlighted by a conversation with Robert E. Lee portrayed by Al Stone. This is one of Mr. Stones final performances in more that 25 years of portraying Robert E. Lee. Join us for this historical event!

Schedule of Events | Courthouse Plaza

5 – 6 PM Guided Civil War Walking Tours

6 PM – Welcome, Introductions and Vendor Showcase

6:30 PM –  Robert E. Lee Portrayed by Al Stone

7:30 PM – Civil War Burning Certificate Auction

On July 19, as part of the 150th Commemoration of the Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg–several claim certificates are being exhibited at Courthouse Plaza and some will be auctioned by Gateway Gallery Auction as part of the evening’s activities. Samuel W. Crawford’s claim certificate will be available for viewing. Crawford, born in Fayetteville, was an assistant surgeon at Fort Sumter and served as a brigadier general in the Eastern Theatre, leading the Pennsylvania Reserves at the Battle of Gettysburg. Among the claims available for auction include: Isaac Allison, James M. Brown, Rev. P.S. Davis, Joseph Deckelmyer, Eli Gates, Dr. J. Montgomery Gelwicks, Sophia Hershberger, Carrie Hetrick, and George Ludwig. A mini biography of each of these Chambersburg residents can be found in “The Franklin County Civil War Damage Claims: Chambersburg Burns, Volume 1,” produced by the Franklin County Historical Society. A copy will accompany each auctioned certificate. Additional copies may be purchased at the Franklin Historical Society’s booth at the events leading up to the 9:00 PM burning.

Book Signings and Vendor Exhibits until 8:30

9-10:30 PM – The Ransoming & Burning of Chambersburg Reenactment

 

FREE PARKING FOR EVENTS IN CHAMBERSBURG

The event will be held at the Franklin County Courthouse Plaza on the square in downtown Chambersburg.

Seating: Feel free to bring a lawn chair for the event.

Traffic through the center of town is closed. Event is best viewed from the north and southwest quadrant of the square and the central area around the square. Parking areas are listed below.

From Interstate-81

Take Exit 16/US 30 West toward downtown Chambersburg/Memorial Square.

From Gettysburg US Rt. 30 West/Lincoln Way West

Turn right onto Second Street and travel one block across King Street to 218 North Second Street/Rt. 11 North. Parking is available around the Franklin County Administrative Annex Building. It is a brief walk to downtown. Walk back to King Street and turn right, walk one block to North Main and turn left. Memorial Square is one-block south.

From Greencastle on US Rt. 11 entering Chambersburg

Route 11 becomes Derbyshire for 1 block, and then returns to Rt. 11/Second Street.  Get into the left lane, travel 7 Blocks, and just after crossing over US Rt. 30/Lincoln Way East, within ½ block turn left into the King Street Church parking lot. It is a brief walk from the parking lot to Memorial Square.

From Greencastle on US Rt. 11 entering Chambersburg

Route 11 becomes Derbyshire for 1 block, and then returns to Rt. 11/Second Street.  Get into the left lane, travel 5 Blocks and turn left onto Washington Street, travel 2 blocks crossing over US Rt. 11/Main Street South to the old Southgate Mall. From the mall parking area walk back on Washington Street one block to South Main Street.  Turn left and walk 3 blocks to Memorial Square.

From Mercersburg/Fort Loudon US RT 30/Lincoln Way East

US Rt. 30 becomes Loudon Street, after passing over the bridge at the Southgate Mall it will become Queen Street.  Stay in the left lane and turn left onto the “Shopper’s Lot” which is located on the left, on Black Avenue, just after crossing over the “Rails to Trails.”

From Mercersburg/Fort Loudon US RT 30/Lincoln Way East

US Rt. 30 becomes Loudon Street, after passing over the bridge at the Southgate Mall it will become Queen Street, follow Queen Street to US Rt. 11/Second Street. Turning left onto Rt. 11/Second Street follow directions listed above to the King Street Church parking area and the Franklin County Administrative Annex Building parking areas.

From Shippensburg US Rt. 11/South/Main Street entering Chambersburg

Get into the left lane; turn left onto King Street, just after turning left, at the end of the King Street Church office building, turn right into the parking area beside the King Street Church.  Parking is also available near the rear of the Courthouse. It is a brief walk to Memorial Square

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Celebrate! Old Market Day

July 19, 2014 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Downtown organizations are proud to bring you an annual celebration festival:

Join us in Historic Downtown Chambersburg and take home some memories!

More than two hundred craft and food vendors line Main Street and Lincoln Way for this celebration, held annually the 3rd Saturday of July as part of ChambersFest. Entertainment is provided at 3 sites, and skilled craftspeople demonstrate their skills! Downtown Business Sidewalk Sales are held annually on the third Friday and Saturday of July.

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