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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Chambersburg, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Chambersburg and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Chambersburg:
    • 39.935934, -77.661636
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Chambersburg
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Chambersburg ...

We have found ten communities that share the name Chambersburg.

Within Pennsylvania, the name Chambersburg is unique.

Beyond Pennsylvania, we know of another ten communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Illinois
      • Pike County
      • This Chambersburg is located in Pike County and lies 688 miles [1,107.2 km]<1> to the west of the Chambersburg that is located in Franklin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chambersburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pike County community of Chambersburg.
    • Indiana
      • Fountain County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Chambersburg [Fountain County].
      • Orange County
      • This Chambersburg is located in Orange County and lies 476 miles [766 km]<1> to the west of the Chambersburg that is located in Franklin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chambersburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Orange County community of Chambersburg.
    • Missouri
      • Clark County
      • This Chambersburg is located in Clark County and lies 745 miles [1,199 km]<1> to the west of the Chambersburg that is located in Franklin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chambersburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Chambersburg.
    • New Jersey
      • Mercer County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New Jersey community of Chambersburg [Mercer County].
    • Ohio
      • Clark County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Clark County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Chambersburg.
      • Columbiana County
      • This Chambersburg is located in Columbiana County and lies 186 miles [299.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Chambersburg that is located in Franklin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chambersburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbiana County community of Chambersburg.
      • Gallia County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Chambersburg [Gallia County].
      • Montgomery County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Chambersburg [Montgomery County].
    • West Virginia
      • Logan County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the West Virginia community of Chambersburg [Logan County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chambersburg ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Cheesetown [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cheesetown
    • Cheesetown [Franklin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Chambersburg
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cheesetown
  • Falling Spring [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falling Spring
    • Falling Spring [Franklin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Chambersburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Falling Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falling Spring
  • Green Village [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Village
    • Green Village [Franklin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Chambersburg
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Village
  • Marion [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
    • Marion [Franklin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Chambersburg
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pleasant View [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View [Franklin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant View have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
    • Red Bridge [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Bridge
      • Red Bridge [Franklin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Bridge have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Bridge
    • Scotland [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotland
      • Scotland [Franklin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotland<5>
    • Smoketown [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smoketown
      • Smoketown [Franklin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smoketown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smoketown
    • Social Island [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Social Island
      • Social Island [Franklin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Social Island have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Social Island
    • Turkeyfoot [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turkeyfoot
      • Turkeyfoot [Franklin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Chambersburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turkeyfoot have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turkeyfoot

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Chambersburg. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Max Bishop     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Waynesboro (PA) on September 5, 1899 (a Tueday) and died in Waynesboro (PA) on February 24, 1962 (a Saturday) at the age of 62.
      • Waynesboro is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Chambersburg.
      • Waynesboro is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Chambersburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Max Bishop<6>
    • Dr. John Stough Bobbs     (Medical pioneer, state senator)
    • James Buchanan     (15th President of the US (1857 - 1861))
      • 15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (PA) on April 23, 1791 (a Saturday) and died in Lancaster (PA) on June 1, 1868 (a Monday) at the age of 77. He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Cove Gap is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Chambersburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan<6>
    • Jane Harrison     (Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency (1889 - 1893))
      • Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency (1889 - 1893). She was born in Mercersburg (PA) on July 23, 1804 (a Monday) and died on May 11, 1846 (a Monday) at the age of 41. We don't have any burial details.
      • Mercersburg is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest of Chambersburg.
    • Donald 'Don' Heffner     (Major League Baseball)
    • Harriet Lane     (Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861))
      • Full name: Harriet Rebecca Lane Johnston
      • Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861). She was born in Mercersburg (PA) on May 9, 1830 (a Sunday) and died in Narragansett (RI) on July 3, 1903 (a Friday) at the age of 73. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery (Baltimore City, Maryland).
      • Mercersburg is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest of Chambersburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harriet Lane<6>
    • Edward Stewart 'Gettysburg Eddie' Plank     (Major League Baseball)
    • Bud Yorkin     (Director)

How Far From Chambersburg to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Chambersburg to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Chambersburg and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 47 miles [75.6 km]<1> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Chambersburg to Harrisburg, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 79 miles [127.1 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,879 miles [9,461.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,590 miles [10,605.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,466 miles [7,187.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Chambersburg: www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/

The official website for Franklin County: www.co.franklin.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chambersburg) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chambersburg. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ChambersburgOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chambersburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9359, Longitude: -77.6616    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Chambersburg could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Chambersburg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<7>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<8>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Chambersburg to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.194 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.945 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.579 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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