What to do and see in Fayetteville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 28, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

Fayetteville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,128 at the 2010 census, up from 2,774 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Fayetteville

1. Caledonia State Park

40 Rocky Mountain Rd, Fayetteville, PA 17222-9610 +1 717-352-2161
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Caledonia State Park

Reviewed By Irishbookie - Gettysburg PA

We live locally and just discovered how wonderful the Caledonia pool is. Visited two days this week with different kids and everyone loved it. Took a picnic and set up on a picnic table outside of the pool area. We spent the day playing in the creek , having a picnic , playing in the pool and simply enjoying the beautiful weather in a beautiful Pennsylvania State Park. The kids loved the pool and the creek equally. The creek is easy to wade in with crystal clear water. The pool is professionally managed, very clean, and very safe - the lifeguards were very attentive. The pool is so large that even if it's crowded, you don't feel crowded. Caledonia is a great place for a family reunion or large group gathering. Definitely planning on buying a pass for next year.

2. The Old Jail

175 E King St, Chambersburg, PA 17201-1806 +1 717-264-1667
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

The Old Jail

The Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny is a non-profit organization, founded in 1898 to collect, preserve, and make available to the public materials relating to the historical development of the Cumberland Valley, its people, and, even more specifically, to Franklin County. It offers the use of its library and archives to both the serious researcher and the general public during hours of operation. The Society is responsible for the Old Jail museum, the John Brown House, the Brown’s Mill School, the Chambersburg-Bedford Turnpike Tollhouse and the Carrick Furnace. The jail was built in 1818 and survived the burning of Chambersburg by the Confederate Forces in 1864. This building of Georgian design is one of the oldest in Chambersburg and was placed on the State and National Register of Historical sites in 1970. During more than 150 years of use as a prison, The Old Jail housed numerous local criminals, including “Lewis the Robber,” and Captain John Cook, one of John Brown’s men who was captured after the unsuccessful raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The cellar contains five domed dungeons with rings in the walls and floors that were used to shackle recalcitrant prisoners. Tradition suggests that these cells were also used as a way-station on the “Underground” railway to shelter runaway slaves enroute to freedom in the north. The Old Jail complex consists of the original building erected in 1818, an annex built in 1880 and a yard enclosed by a 20-foot high limestone wall. Several rooms of the original jail and part of the newer cell block comprise a museum of historical artifacts from Franklin County. The visitor experiences the story of the jail through interpretation and learns of the history of crime and punishment in the Cumberland Valley. The John Brown House (Ritner Boarding House) was where the famous abolitionist boarded during the summer of 1859 under the alias of Isaac Smith. During this time, weapons were secretly secured and plans furthered to seize the arsenal at in October 1859. The Society was able to purchase the John Brown House from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 2002 through the generosity of Dr. W. R. McElroy and family. The John Brown House was rededicated and opened on May 2, 2009 as part of the 150th Anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. The John Brown House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The John Brown has been restored with period furniture. One visitor remarked that if John Brown came to Chambersburg today he feel right at home at the Ritner Boarding House.

Reviewed By KAG39 - Pittsburgh PA

Had a wonderful visit at the Old Jail. Admission was reasonable and we included the visit to the house where John Brown planned the raid on Harper's Ferry. Our tour guide was very nice and very informative. She went with us to the next stop and again the tour was informative. A surprise in the court house and old jail was a display of wedding gowns through the years too. Tour takes about an hour. Worth putting on your agenda if your visiting Chambersburg.

3. Adams County Winery

251 Peach Tree Rd, Orrtanna, PA 17353-9753 +1 717-334-4631
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Adams County Winery

Just 8 miles west of Gettysburg, discover one of the Pennsylvania's oldest wineries! Tours of our winemaking facilities, complimentary wine tasting, beautiful gardens, and lush vineyards make Adams County Winery a great destination to visit during your trip. Enjoy our free summer concert series as well as year 'round special events. Our farm winery in Orrtanna (251 Peach Tree Road) and our Wine Shop at 25C in downtown Gettysburg (25 Chambersburg Street) are open 7 days a week. Our Wine Shop at Hanover located in the Amish Markets (1649 Broadway) is open Thursday-Saturday. Please note: We will be closed during the week for the month of January for some exciting Tasting Room upgrades. We will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am - 6 pm. Our 25C Downtown Gettysburg Wine Shop is still open 7 days a week!

Reviewed By KAG39 - Pittsburgh PA

We first sampled Adams County at Ligionier Days a few years ago. They had wine tasting and they come in for it. We visited the actual winery in 2013 and have been fans of their wines ever since. We were warmly greeted and had the place to ourselves since they had just opened and it was mid week. They do have lots of events on weekends that you can attend and enjoy their wines, food and entertainment. We did some tastings and were blessed enough to have been gifted some gift certificates for Adams County. We were able to make a nice purchase, confirm that we were already members of their rewards program and were able to receive our first incentive reward. If your lucky you might be able to see their Beloved Rusty and by all means you should sample Rusty's wines, they have his paw of approval! Very nice selection of traditional wines, some delicious berry and apple wines. I did forget to ask if they we were bringing Pumpkin Spice back this year. It was a first last year and they brought some to Ligionier Day. Might not sound too appealing but it was very good, a nice one to warm with a cinnamon stick. Scrapple is also a nice apple wine that you can warm as well. If you like wine, they have something for everyone. Worth stopping in for a tasting if your in the area.

4. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

1871 Old Main Dr, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2200 +1 717-477-7469
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 70 reviews

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

1,500 seat premier performing arts center for both Central PA & Northern MD, various performances throughout the season. Tours available.

Reviewed By Joe O - Phoenixville

A beautiful facility with great unobstructed views and fine acoustics. Also very comfortable seats. Parking pretty easy and not too hard to get out of. Only complaint was that doors, bar opened later than advertised. Wide variety of 1st-class acts appear throughout the year.

5. Hauser Estate Winery

410 Cashtown Rd, Biglerville, PA 17307-9528 +1 717-334-4888
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Hauser Estate Winery

Reviewed By OBX717 - Newville, Pennsylvania

We finally stopped in and did a tasting of 5 wines. We also had a glass of cider. Great facility for tasting and enjoy a glass of their product while overlooking the valley below. They had a young woman singing outside. We will be back...MoreThanks!

6. Totem Pole Playhouse

9555 Golf Course Rd, Fayetteville, PA 17222-9684 +1 717-352-2164
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Totem Pole Playhouse

The non-profit theatre located amongst the trees of Caledonia State Park in the heart of historic south-central Pennsylvania.

Reviewed By Nihilator - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

We went to see a comedy play during the season. They usually have around 6 different plays during the season which lasts from late spring/early summer to late fall. Plays are from different categories like comedy,musical, drama, etc. Sometimes they have the xmas play "The Scrooge". Overall the play was good. Order tickets through the website, phone or stop by when open. Play usually lasts around two hours with about a 15 minute break in the middle. Parking is pretty good. Usually are pretty full on the weekend dates.

7. Mister Ed's Elephant Museum

6019 Chambersburg Rd, Orrtanna, PA 17353-9683 +1 717-352-3792
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 209 reviews

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum

You'll never forget Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, featuring more than 12,000 pachyderm figurines, circus souvenirs, political paraphernalia, toys and more. Be a kid in a candy store with more than 700 varieties of your favorites from yesteryear through today. You gotta try our more than 70 flavors of creamy homemade fudge and our fresh roasted jumbo peanuts. Stroll our whimsical gardens, count fish in our pond, or bring a blanket and have a picnic. Voted one of USA Today's "Top 10 Souvenir Shops" in the nation in 2014.

Reviewed By metsfan2017 - Hagerstown, Maryland

Neat place to visit off of the beaten path on US 30...the elephant museum is pretty neat, and the candy variety is huge! They do have homemade hot fudge, but I didn't see any homemade candies.

8. Jan Zell Wines

251 Grant St, Chambersburg, PA 17201-1690 +1 717-553-9756
Excellent
92%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 24 reviews

Jan Zell Wines

Current offering includes 20 wines (6 dry, 7 semi-sweet, 6 sweet), and 5 hard ciders made from locally grown apples. Small fare offerings include local aged cheeses & bean to bar chocolate. Feel free to bring your own dinner/snacks. Final Friday Trivia on the last Friday of each month.

Reviewed By Bill H - Anchorage, Alaska

My wife and I with friends enjoyed a bit of wine-tasting today at Jan Zell Wines. We had a great time and several of the wines provided us with pleasant surprises. Just had to come home with some of their Summer Days and Blackberry!Hello Bill, So glad you had a good time while visiting with your wife and friends. This winery experience is so rewarding, especially when people such as yourself have a great time. Thank you for the review.

9. Norlo Park

3050 Lincoln Way E, Fayetteville, PA 17222-9556 +1 717-352-7011
Excellent
74%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Norlo Park

Reviewed By William S - Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

Norlo Park is a huge Guilford Township park sprawling along Route 30 east of Chambersburg. There are tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, paved walking paths, a dog park, a playground, free train rides (weekends), and acres of grassy areas. The only negative comment is that there is very little shade in the park. The afternoon sun in the summertime is something that must be dealt with. Otherwise this park is very well maintained by the township and a real gem for the general public.

10. Tuscarora Mountain Winery

25 Lincoln Way W, Chambersburg, PA 17201-2103 +1 717-261-9463
Excellent
83%
Good
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Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Tuscarora Mountain Winery

Reviewed By Pat H - Nazareth, Pennsylvania

This small winery is located just off of Rt 81 so it makes a quick off and on stop to enjoy their wines. Wines are reasonably priced. All wines except for the special Christmas wine and the 2 dessert wines were under $20. There is something for everyone's taste from dry to sweeter wines. The woman at the counter was very pleasant and chatty which is what you need in a set up like that. There is metered parking with a quarter getting you plenty of time to taste the wines. Some wines were sold out since they were at the Apple Festival but that is certainly a good thing because that means other people found their wines just perfect.

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