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While our new web site is not fully operational, it is up and running and you can access it at . This site will be deleted when the new web site is fully operational.

The John Brown House is now open for tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, please note that our last tour starts at 3 PM.  Admission fees are: Adults $4, Children (6-17) $3; Combination tickets for the Old Jail and John Brown House are $7 each; maximum charge for families in one household is $10 at either site.  Group tours are by appointment; please call (717) 264-1667.  Members of FCHS-K admitted FREE.

The John Brown House (Ritner Boarding House) is located a block east of the Old Jail at 225 East King Street.  It was here that the famous abolitionist boarded during the summer of 1859 under the alias of Isaac Smith.  During this time, weapons were secretly secured and plans furthered to seize the arsenal at Harpers Ferry in October 1859.  See also: The John Brown House in History:  An Essay.

The John Brown House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

The Society was able to purchase the John Brown House from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 2002 through the generosity of Dr. W. R. McElroy and family.

The John Brown House was rededicated and opened on May 2, 2009 as part of the 150th Anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry.   

The book John Brown in Chambersburg has been reprinted and is for sale by the Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny. Click the title for information.


The repainted house today. 
Picture taken Oct. 24, 2008

See pictures of the house

See pictures of the opening of the John Brown House(Saturday May 2, 2009)and pictures of the interior of the house.

Please see for other events and notices.
Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny * 175 East King St. * Chambersburg * PA * 17201 * USA * Ph (717) 264-1667