ST. Thomas, PA Real Estate and Community Information
Just 25 miles west of Gettysburg, St. Thomas Pennsylvania began when Scottish Irish immigrants settled Franklin County in the 1740s. Early residents formally organized the town in 1818 and named it Campbelltown after a prominent early family. Campbelltown was later renamed St. Thomas after the man who laid out the township.
Parks and Recreation
St. Thomas and Franklin County offer a variety of recreational areas with activities for all ages. Baseball fields and tennis courts provide places to play in St. Thomas. Nearby Chambersburg’s Memorial Park has playgrounds, picnicking, softball, soccer, basketball and tennis facilities. Music lovers will enjoy concerts at the park’s band shell. Walking trails, volleyball facilities, three railroad cars and an old iron bridge are all waiting to be explored at the county’s Norlo Park. St. Thomas, PA home buyers will also enjoy Michaux State Park which covers parts of Franklin and two other counties. Named for Andre Michaux, a French biologist who gathered area plants for his king, this park offers hunting, fishing, hiking and biking in a beautiful forest setting. St. Thomas PA homes for sale are also available near the birthplace of our nation’s 15th President. History buffs will enjoy James Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park at Cove Gap. A pyramid monument stands at the site of the log cabin where he was born and picnicking facilities are available nearby.
Attractions and Activities
Along with plenty of recreational areas, Franklin County’s historic sites near St. Thomas real estate offer's a glimpse of some of the most important events in our nation’s history including the Underground Railroad, Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass and the site where John Brown planned the Harper’s Ferry Raid. The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor also passes by St. Thomas homes. This 200 mile historic road has 65 historic exhibits including 22 vintage gas pumps and murals. A St. Thomas mural celebrating the community’s history and Nellie Fox, a Baseball Hall of Fame member who grew up in St. Thomas, is a Lincoln Highway feature. Another nearby historic site is the Chambersburg and Bedford Turnpike Road Company Toll House. This 1818 limestone building served as a toll collection point for over 100 years. The Franklin Furnace Historic District offers another look at the community’s rich past. Seven surviving buildings and a 30 feet tall furnace associated with the town's 19th century iron furnace factory still stand at this site near St. Thomas properties.
St. Thomas visitors will also enjoy the great community events that take place year round in Franklin County. Apple Fest celebrates one of Pennsylvania’s major crops with a fun-filled entertainment, food and crafts festival each October. The area’s Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association is a non-profit group that hosts an August machinery show, museum, workshops and library for fans of historic farm equipment. Another much anticipated January event is Chambersburg’s Ice Fest which brings giant ice sculptures, an ice slide, polar dunk, chili cook-off, fireworks show and a lot of fun to Franklin County. Phyllis Bender a St. Thomas realtor can tell you more about the great events and real estate in Franklin County.