History & Heritage in Mercersburg PA

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  • Main and Seminary Streets Mercersburg, PA 17050
    On July 3, 1863, three Confederate riders in the town square of Mercersburg were ambushed by two union stragglers.
  • 120 N. Main St. Mercersburg, PA 17236-1724
    717-328-3525
    During the first Chambersburg Raid, Gen. Stuart used his side porch as temporary headquarters and ate lunch with his staff. The Steiger children had German measles, so they declined going inside...
  • 1720 Brooklyn Rd. Fort Loudon, PA 17224-9717
    717-369-4865
    Featured in the John Wayne film "Allegheny Uprising," Fort Loudoun was built in 1756 to protect local settlers from Indian raids. The fort was named after the Earl of Loudoun, who commanded British...
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  • Star Route, Route 16 Mercersburg, PA 17236
    717-485-3948
    This small park is the birthplace of James Buchanan, the 15th president of the U.S. and has picnicking and stream fishing.
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  • Baltimore St., Rihl Monument, Fleming Farm, Downtown, Brick Sidewalk Greencastle, PA 17225
    Cpl. William Rihl, a Philadelphia native, was the first Union soldier killed on Pennsylvania soil.
  • Fairview Cemetery, near Perimeter Rd. Mercersburg, PA 17236
    The grave of Confederate private J. W. Alban, a scout shot in Mercersburg, stands beside the stones of two Confederate casualties of Gettysburg in Fairview Cemetery.
  • Mercersburg, PA Mercersburg, PA 17236
    Located in Franklin County, Mercersburg is a short distance from the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Less than an hour away is the Antietam/Sharpsburg battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, where...
  • S.R. 416 Mercersburg, PA 17050
    In 1862, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart intended to use this home as his headquarters in Mercersburg.
  • Zion Union Lane Mercersburg, PA 17236
    717-328-3116
    Explore history and pay homage to American heroes from the 19th century. Zion Union Cemetery is the largest known burial site of the Massachusetts 54th African-American Civil War veterans in a...
  • In front of post office. In grass Mercersburg, PA 17236
    Eighty-eight African Americans from Mercersburg volunteered to defend the Union during the Civil War. At least 36 of those veterans lie in Mercersburg Zion Union Cemetery, established in 1876 by...
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