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

Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg

 
 
Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, May 18, 2008
1. Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker
Inscription.  Throughout the pre-Civil War period, there were a number of Underground Railroad "stations" in this area, temporary places of refuge for former slaves escaping through the mountainous terrain to freedom in the North. One local Underground Railroad agent was a free black barber, Henry Watson, who assisted fugitive slaves as they passed through Chambersburg, helping to keep them safe and undetected by the slave-catchers and bounty hunters searching for them.
 
Erected 2002 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 56.236′ N, 77° 39.694′ W. Marker is in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 11) south of Lincoln Way West (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the northeast
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corner of square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 S 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. Confederate Conference (here, next to this marker); Flashpoint for Invasion (here, next to this marker); The Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCF) (a few steps from 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); Mexican War – Spanish American War – World War (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chambersburg.
 
Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 24, 2024
2. Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker
Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
3. Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg Marker
Markers in Chambersburg image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
4. Markers in Chambersburg
There are several markers in this vicinity. The Underground Railroad Activity marker is seen here in the center of the photo.
The Underground Railroad Interpretive Panel in the nearby Heritage Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert H. Moore, II, April 25, 2009
5. The Underground Railroad Interpretive Panel in the nearby Heritage Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2024. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,879 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on March 1, 2024, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5. submitted on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.

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