Franklin County is in the heart of South Central Pennsylvania where you’ll find mountains, lakes, and a picturesque countryside coupled with theater, music, skiing, fishing, and much more.
We’re in the heart of America’s fruit orchards, so peaches, apples, and lots of other local produce are available close by.
This area is appealing to those who enjoy history. In 1864, during the Civil War, Chambersburg was burned by Confederates in retaliation for the Union’s burning of homes in a previous encounter.
Franklin County merges the best of small town friendliness with easy access to metropolitan areas. We’re only 90 minutes from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and only 3 hours away from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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Franklin County's People
Franklin County’s population is the 4th fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania.
A wide range of public, private, and higher education opportunities are available in Franklin County.
- Chambersburg Area School District
- Waynesboro Area School District
- Tuscarora Area School District
- Greencastle-Antrim School District
- Gettysburg Area School District
- Mercersburg Academy
- Franklin County Career & Technology Center
- Corpus Christi
- Montessori Academy of Chambersburg
- Wilson College
- Shippensburg University
- Gettysburg College
- Mount St. Mary’s University
- Penn State University/Mont Alto
- 38-acre municipal park with outdoor amphitheater
- YMCA with a strong swimming program
- Golf courses
- State parks - Caledonia State Park, Pine Grove Furnace, Mont Alto State Park, Cowans Gap State Park, and Buchanan's Birthplace State Park
- Boating, kayaking, hunting, and fishing
- Camping, hiking, and swimming
- Skiing at Whitetail and Ski Liberty
- Snowmobiling and cross country skiing
Arts and Culture
- Music, dance, and drama
- Garden clubs and quilt guild
- Comedy, drama, and musical productions at Totem Pole Playhouse
- Cumberland Valley School of Music
- Capitol Theatre
- Downtown Chambersburg
- Historic Interest
- Civil War reenactment at nearby battlefields: Antietam and Gettysburg
- Frontier Days
- North Square Farmers Market
Real estate offers something for everyone, stylish townhouses, custom-built homes, farms and farmettes, historical stone and brick houses, and retirement communities, with prices that average 30% less than nearby metropolitan areas.
A variety of traditions exist - ranging from Roman Catholic and Jewish to Amish and Mennonite.
Dairy farming is the number one agricultural industry in the area. Apple and peach production in Franklin County ranks second in the state. In addition, egg production, livestock, grains, and greenhouses add significantly to the agricultural base.
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