Looking Back: Franklin County’s History on March 16th

Franklin County’s history

Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on March 16th.

25 Years Ago

March16,1995Thursday

“A matter of heritage vs. hamburgers”

Mc Donald’s could replace Civil War site

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Confederates planned the burning of Chambersburg in this house.

A pre-Civil War home may come down to make room for a McDonald’s restaurant. 

McDonald’s Corp. is working on a deal to purchase the former Henry Greenawalt house at 1085 Lincoln Way West. 

At the house on the morning of July 30, 1864, Confederate Gen. John McCausland discussed his plans to burn Chambersburg. The Rebel troops invaded the town later that day and burned all but a few buildings. 

“It has historical significance, which, unfortunately, has been overlooked,” said Greg Dovey of Franklin County Heritage Inc. 

The large white building is in Hamilton Township, on about an acre of land at Warm Spring Road and U.S. 30. It includes six apartments and is owned by Frank E. Thomas. The original asking price was $275,000. 

Thomas could not be reached for comment. 

“It has come to my attention that there are some individuals who feel there is some historical importance to it,” said Steven Delamater, owner of Delamor Enterprises, the franchisee of the five McDonald’s restaurants in Franklin County. 

Delamater said he would meet with people to hear their concerns.

Dovey has contacted McDonald’s officials and asked them to consider ways to build a restaurant and preserve the building:

• Build a restaurant next to the Greenawalt house, allowing the house to be restored for a children’s Civil War museum.
• Put a period-style restaurant on the first floor and a museum or community room on the second floor. 
•  Build a restaurant next to the house, convert the house to a bed and breakfast inn and connect the two with a glass-enclosed walkway. 

“This would be a potential stop along that (proposed Lincoln Highway Heritage) corridor, if it’s not torn out,” Dovey said. “I have no problem with them putting up a modern restaurant next to this.” 

Lucy Benchoff, local historian and descendant of Benjamin Chambers, who founded Chambersburg, agrees the Greenawalt house should be preserved. 

“What are you going to tell your grandchildren when they ask: ‘Where were you when they destroyed all these historic places?’ ” Benchoff asked.

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50 Years Ago

March 16, 1970 – Sunday

Now Here’s Our Plan

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Scotland coach Ray Patterson, center, explains his strategy to his Cadet charges Saturday in the Corpus Christi Elementary School Basketball Tournament. Scotland dropped Franklin in the opener but Duffield defeated the Cadets later in the day.

100 Years Ago

March 16, 1920 – Tuesday

“National Bank Stock”

Public sale of ten (10) shares or National Bank of Chambersburg stock, front of court house, on Saturday afternoon, March 20. 1920, at 1:30 o’clock.

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