The history of Franklin County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 46 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Mercersburg, Fort Loudon (Loudon), Greencastle, Waynesboro, Fannetsburg, Snowhill (Snow Hill, Schneeburg), Marion, Upper Strasburg, Scotland, Fayetteville, Mont Alto, Funksburg, Upton, Bridgeport, Orrstown, Dry Run, Concord, Roxbury, and Green Village. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers and their Origins; Creeks, Mountains and Valleys, Minerals, Institutions, Industries, Roads and Railroads; Thieves, Counterfeiters and Other Outlaws in the Frontier Days; the Chambers family; Indian Encounters; the formidable Stone Dwelling/Fort at Falling Spring; Devastation at Great Cove; Massacre at a Schoolhouse; Revolutionary War period; a Scotch trader and his son who became President; Dr. King and the Presbyterian Church; Origins of Marshall College in Mercersburg, later Mercersville Academy; Distruction of a Pack Train by Phony Indians; The Dunkers or Seventh Day Baptists and their Music; the Court House; Stuart's Raid in 1862; Lee's Invasion in 1864 en route to Gettysburg; the Confederate General Jenkins at Green Castle and Chambersburg; Detailed account of the Burning of Chambersburg by Johnston and McCausland in 1864; John Brown's Headquarters; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include Public Square in Chambersburg (full page), Cemetery at Chambersburg, Marshall College, Chambersburg Before the Fire (1864), and Chambersburg After the Burning.
Franklin County, PA
Sources: History of Franklin County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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