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Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Founding Family Memorial Statue

"The Homecoming"

Founding Famiily Memorial Statue Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, May 18, 2008
1. Founding Famiily Memorial Statue Marker
Inscription.  On March 30, 1734, Benjamin Chambers, a Scots-Irish immigrant and millwright was granted a Blunston License by the Penn family to develop a 400-acre plantation and gristmill for the first Franklin County settlement, named the Falling Spring Settlement.
In the early days of the settlement, Benjamin Chambers maintained good relations with the Native Americans. But, as time progressed, relations were strained as more settlers migrated to the frontier. In 1755, at the outset of twenty years of Indian Wars, Chambers constructed a highly defensible, private fort in the vicinity of this location to protect the families of the settlement. Chambers safely guided his community through the French and Indian War and Pontiac's Rebellion.
As the winds of the American Revolution stirred men to serve, Chamber's age prevented him from going on campaign, and it fell to the second and third generations of the Chamber's family to defend the cause of American freedom. Companies of defenders had to be raised to protect two fronts--the western front from attack by Indians and the eastern by the opposing British army and its mercenaries.
In June 1775, after
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skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, the Continental Congress authorized the formation of the first American army. Franklin County volunteers, under the leadership of Captain James Chambers, son of the founder, formed Company A of Thompson's Rifle Battalion and joined with other Pennsylvania companies for the 450-mile march to Boston. Accompanying Captain James Chambers was his eleven-year-old son, Benjamin, who fought along side the men of Company A at the Battle of Bunker Hill and throughout the eastern campaigns of the American Revolution.
Dedicated October 20, 2007, this statue depicts "The Homecoming" of 1781. Town founder Benjamin Chambers welcomes his son James, a Colonel, and grandson Benjamin, a young man of seventeen, safely home to Chambers Town after six years of distinguished military service.
The Sculptor
Wayne Hyde was born and raised near Bedford, Pennsylvania, on a farm near the Allegheny Mountains where he developed his innate talent to masterfully translate what he sees into three dimensional art. In "The Homecoming," Hyde captures the patriarch's deep feeling of thankfulness to the Almighty for the safe return of son and grandson as their countenances and gestures convey the sense of pride for all that the Chambers family has accomplished.
Left Inset
"Chambers Fort" by M. H. Gemmill, 1975
Center Inset
Pennsylvania Militia First Regiment
"The Homecoming" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, May 18, 2008
2. "The Homecoming"
Latin Motto: I Refuse to be Dominated.
Right Inset
Photo of Wayne Hyde, Sculptor.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1864.
Location. 39° 56.307′ N, 77° 39.72′ W. Marker is in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from West King Street. Marker is in Falling Spring Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 N Main St, 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. Fort Chambers (within shouting distance of this marker); Thompson's Rifle Battalion: Capt. James Chambers' Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The John Jack Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Chambers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Dwight D. Eisenhower Green Ash (about 300 feet away); The Greatest Sacrifice / Prelude to Gettysburg (about 300 feet away); World War II – Korean Conflict – Vietnam Conflict (about 400 feet away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chambersburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,328 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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