Information about Chambersburg, PA
First settled in 1730, Chambersburg suffered devastation in 1864, when Confederate forces burned it down after residents failed to pay a ransom. The borough rose from the ashes to become the seat of Franklin County, and it had an estimated population of 20,602 in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
For recreation, Caledonia State Park in Chambersburg offers opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting and hiking. The park also features an outdoor swimming pool, golf course and summer stock theater. The borough's Capitol Theatre Center is home to various arts groups, including the Chambersburg Community Theatre, along with the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School.
History buffs might be interested in the many Chambersburg sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include Brotherton and Coldbrook farms, the Franklin County courthouse and jail, and the Masonic Temple, which was one of the few buildings left standing when Chambersburg burned.
Ranked the 21st best regional college in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, Wilson College in Chambersburg confers associate's through master's degrees. This private nonprofit college had an enrollment of nearly 800 students in Fall 2014.
Chambersburg also hosts Franklin County Career and Technology Center, which enrolled just 58 students in Fall 2014. This public school offers a certificate program for aspiring licensed practical nurses.
Economy and Employment
Chambersburg's economy is closely tied to that of Franklin County. Much of the county's land is used for agriculture, with apples and grapes among the area's top crops. Letterkenny Army Depot is the largest employer in Franklin County, while other major employers include Volvo and a distribution and warehousing center for retailer Target.