Welcome to the web site for 'Vintage Franklin County' – your online resource for information on original documents and reproduction prints from Yesteryear – all pertaining to the life and history of Chambersburg and the Franklin County, Pennsylvania area.
Our materials include photographs, postcards, government records and other documents of social significance from this area of southcentral Pennsylvania – an area steeped in history and tradition from its humble beginnings in the 1730s.
Originally founded in 1764 as a fort, the town was settled by Colonel Benjamin Chambers just 25 miles north of the line later formally surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon.
Today, our web site offers original historic documents as well as a selection of reproduction postcards available for sale – each post card carefully reproduced from its original. What you see here is simply a fraction of the 'ephemera' available for sale,
For more than 40 years I have researched and followed the movement of local paper memorabilia from owner to owner and within the national collector community. I have also been asked on many occasions, to authenicate and verify items of local interest dating as far back as the Founding of Chambersburg and before.
In addition to being raised in a family of local history collectors, my background includes authoring a series of books about Chambersburg and the many facets of its local history – ranging from the early days of the Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR), the beginnings and growth of the local fire service and its apparatus, the community's role in abolition and John Brown's stay here while planning his famous raid on the Federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry WV, the Burning of the town in 1864 on orders of Confederate General John McCausland, and its re-birth.
Now I am able to share with others these priceless images which are so much a part of our local history. By helping keep our local heritage alive, our many unique traditions and sense of "who we are" can remain with us forever.
Take a few moments to look through our site, and see many of the historic images I have become known for.
Please come back soon, and visit us again!
Maurice "Mike" Marotte III
Just one example from our collection of Cumberland Valley Railroad memorabilia