Waynesboro Borough

Franklin County, Pennsylvania

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Borough municipal offices are located at 57 East Main Street, Waynesboro PA 17268.
Phone: 717‑762‑2101.

Royer-Nicodemus House

The Borough of Waynesboro [1] is located in Franklin County's southeast corner, just three miles from the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. The borough is located within the Cumberland Valley, with the South Mountain range to the east. The total size of the borough is 3.41 square miles, and is situated on the Buchanan Trail (PA-16), with Emmitsburg, Maryland to the east and Greencastle, Pennsylvania to the west. The county seat of Chambersburg is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Waynesboro. Roads out of town lead north toward Chambersburg; east toward Baltimore via Emmitsburg, Maryland; south toward Hagerstown, Maryland; and west toward Greencastle. Waynesboro was founded in 1797, had a population of 1,345 in 1870, and grew to a population of 10,167 by 1930. The borough's population was 10,568 at the census in 2010.


Beginnings [2]

Incorporated from Washington Township, December 21, 1818. The village was long known as Mount Vernon. John Wallace was a pioneer settle. His son John Wallace Jr., laid out the village December 29, 1797, when it was named Wallacetown. The name was soon changed to Waynesburg in honor of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, brilliant offices of the American Revolutionary and Indian Wars, whose death in the previous year was a reminder of the heroic services he had rendered his State and country, and the further fact that John Wallace fought in the Revolutionary War under the direct command of General Wayne. The name was changed to Waynesboro to avoid confustion with Waynesburg, Greene County. The town was raided by Confederate Cavalry under General Jubal A. Early, June 23, 1863, and during the retreat from Gettysburg, General Robert E; Lee's army marched through the borough, July 6th.

  1. Benjamin A. Harvey/Senior Architectural Historian (Inventory/Survey: Carrie Giauque, C&K Historic Consulting), ASC Group, Inc., Waynesboro Historic District, nomination document, 2020, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
  2. Godcharles, Frederic A., Litt.D., Chronicles of Central Pennsylvania, 1944, Lewis Historical Publishing, Inc., New York

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