Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Abolitionist John Brown Boards in Chambersburg
Mining implements consigned to Smith and Sons soon arrived at warehouses in town. They were actually firearms, ammunition, and pikes with which Brown wished to arm the many Blacks who he thought would flock to his cause. Brown would secretly meet with Frederick Douglass, notable former slave and abolitionist, in a quarry west of town. Leading up to and after the raid, members of Brown’s militia passed through Greencastle, Mont Alto, and Mercersburg. Seven of Brown’s men eluded capture after the raid. One of them, Albert Hazlett, manage to hitch a buggy ride with a farmer named Hiram Wertz, who lived in Quincy. Leaving Wertz before he reached Chambersburg, Hazlett was later captured at Carlisle. Wertz never revealed his true mission, conductor on the Underground Railroad through his farm at Quincy.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 39° 56.238′ N, 77° 39.698′ W. Marker is in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Lincoln Way (Route 30). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chambersburg PA 17201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burning of Chambersburg (here, next to this marker); Confederate Conference (here, next to this marker); Memorial Fountain and Union Soldier Statue (a few steps from this marker); Union Soldiers of Franklin County (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II – Korean Conflict – Vietnam Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican War – Spanish American War – World War (within shouting distance of this marker); War Between the States (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chambersburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays a Historic photograph of the John Brown House, Courtesy of the Franklin County Historical Society. Also dispalyed is a portrait of
John Brown, Courtesy of the National Archives.
Also see . . . John Brown at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,220 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 2, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 2. submitted on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on May 2, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 5. submitted on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.