2008-10-16 / Church News

Chambers Fort Park To Be Dedicated Oct. 18

Chambers Fort Park, named in honor of the founding family of Chambersburg, will be dedicated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 during the annual AppleFest celebration.

The dedication of the completed park will occur at the new foot bridge near the Founding Family Memorial Statue, which honors Benjamin Chambers and his family. Along with its picturesque, cascading waterfall and replica water wheel, the site off West King Street and Lincoln Way West is a place of respite enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

The borough of Chambersburg park was made possible through a public and private partnership, including federal funding assistance inspired by the downtown master plan in 1996. The plan called for the creation of a park (Village on the Falling Spring) near the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Spring creeks.

Benjamin Chambers built his fort in the general vicinity of this new park, using water power to drive his grist and sawmill enterprises. The fort protected the Chambers family and others from attacks by Indians. The fort grew into the town of Chambersburg.

"The Founding Family Memorial Statue is the very essence of Chambersburg's proud and passionate role in American history and a tribute to all Franklin County veterans who have served freedom's cause," said Paul E. Cullinane Jr., president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

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