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Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop marks its 20th anniversary today. Located in the heart of Downtown Chambersburg, the Heritage Center serves as an interpretive hub showcasing the rich history of Chambersburg and Franklin County through various exhibits.

Visitors to the Heritage Center can explore five main historical themes: Frontier, Architectural, Transportation, and Civil War History, which includes The Freedom Trail and details of historical Invasions & Raids. The Center offers a detailed view into the past, providing context and education on these significant areas.

The Heritage Center is open to the public free of charge from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to its educational exhibits, the Center features a gift shop where visitors can purchase a variety of local memorabilia, including postcards, magnets, shirts, sweatshirts, and drinkware, making it a perfect spot for tourists to take a piece of Chambersburg history home with them.

This milestone is a testament to the Heritage Center’s ongoing commitment to preserving and interpreting the local heritage for residents and visitors alike.

Photo Credits to Cumberland Valley Business Alliance

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