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WORTHWHILE IN ITSELF."
- Amelia Earhart
There's so much to see & do!
Waynesboro boasts great architecture, historical sites, outdoor recreation—This town has something for every interest!
Located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Cumberland Valley and surrounded by the farms, fields and orchards of rural Pennsylvania, Waynesboro’s historic downtown with its extraordinary architecture is worth a visit all by itself.
During the 1890s—Waynesboro’s “Golden Age” of local industry—the town boasted more millionaires per capita than any other town east of the Mississippi River. One result of this prosperity was the construction of many stately homes and commercial buildings. Our walking tour brochure is the perfect guide to enjoying Main Street’s lovely architecture. Contact our office, and we’ll send you a copy.
The Great Outdoors
The area also offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, with more than 100 miles of bike trails, two nearby ski resorts, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, award-winning regional theater, world class golf courses and some of the finest fishing destinations in our nation.
Surrounded by History and Heritage
Centrally located among local and national historical attractions, Waynesboro is a hub for heritage tourism, especially for students of the Civil War. Just 30 minutes from both Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields, the immediate vicinity also has many Civil War associations. Be sure not to miss the building that General Jubal Early’s Confederate troops entered on June 23, 1863 and made their headquarters. Hint: Visit our picturesque Center Square.
The Underground Railroad was very active in Waynesboro, which is located just two miles over the Mason-Dixon Line. Information on the Underground Railroad in Franklin County is available from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.
Waynesboro played a role in the events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg. Highlights include Stuart’s Raid into Pennsylvania, General Robert E. Lee getting water for his horse in Waynesboro’s Center Square on his retreat from Gettysburg and the role of our valley in troop movements involved in the burning of Chambersburg and the Battle of Antietam. The Battle of Monterey, the only battle fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, was conducted on the ridge just above Waynesboro.
With so much to see and do, you’re sure to enjoy a weekend getaway or extended trip to Waynesboro.
LOCAL & NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST
Mainstreet Waynesboro is proud to announce that the Waynesboro Historic District is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places! Please see our Facebook page for some of downtown Waynesboro's historic buildings.
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