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City Spotlight: Chambersburg, PA

January 12, 2016

Where are you headed on your next travel nursing assignment? If the answer is Chambersburg, PA, then you are going to want to do some research. Chambersburg is actually a borough located in South Central Pennsylvania. Originally settled by Native American tribes such as the Shawnee, in 1730, the immigrants from Europe moved in to build homes and businesses.

This region of Pennsylvania has a rich history, especially during the Civil War era. Chambersburg was a stop on the Underground Railroad and one of the cities that hosted the legendary John Brown. Today, the small borough of Chambersburg is home to a diverse group of people including Amish and Mennonite communities. If that is where you are going for your next assignment, then consider some things to do in Chambersburg.

The Old Jail

Chambersburg is the ideal host city for history buffs. A good place to start learning more about this area of Pennsylvania is The Old Jail, a unique museum maintained by the Franklin County Historical Society. Built in 1818, the jail was a central structure for over 150 years. The cellar once sheltered runaway slaves as they traveled north towards freedom. Visitors to this top tourist spot get to experience their story as they tour the old dungeons.

Tuscarora Mountain Winery

If your tastes lean less towards history and more towards cultural amenities, then perhaps a trip to the local winery appeals to you.

Located on Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg, the Tuscarora Mountain Winery is a family run business that started out as a hobby for a local resident. Today, Tuscarora offers award winning wines to the local residents. Each First Friday of the month, you are invited to sample the wines or call and schedule a tasting event. You are also able to try different wines when you visit the retail store to make a purchase, so go ahead and grab a few bottles to take home with you.

Capitol Theatre Center

The Capitol Theatre hosts live entertainment, movies and festivals. Whether you buy a slice of pizza and watch a feature film or attend the annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue festival in May, you will find this historic building intriguing. The theater has been a mainstay in the town since it opened in 1927 as a movie house. It has changed hands several times over the decades, but today is governed by a dedicated group of volunteers that keep it up and running for all to enjoy.


If skydiving is on your bucket list, then you are in luck. This assignment will put you at one of the oldest drop zones in the U.S. Here you can enjoy the view of the mountains with the help of the trained staff at the Chambersburg Skydiving Center, located five miles from Interstate 81. The center has a variety of extreme opportunities for anyone looking for a jolt of fun. You can try your hand at Tandem Skydiving, Accelerated Freefall, Static Lin and Instructor Assisted Deployment.

A few weeks in the small town of Chambersburg may not be as exciting as a trip to New York City or Los Angeles, but there are plenty of things to keep you occupied during your short stay. Take in one of the local pubs, spend a day touring the historic sites or take a ride to the Amish country. An assignment in Chambersburg puts you within a few miles of Maryland and just 52 miles from the Great Appalachian Valley. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy a great view as you head to work each day.

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