Chocolate event at Old Jail to be held during AppleFest

Annual fundraiser for the Franklin County Historical Society also offers chance to win prizes

September 25, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — If you believe chocolate is to die for, then Death by Chocolate is for you.

The annual fundraiser for the Franklin County Historical Society will return to the east yard of the Old Jail, 175 E. King St., from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20.

For the first time, it will be held on AppleFest Saturday, when the main streets of downtown Chambersburg will be lined with food and craft vendors. Tastings at the Old Jail will be paired with ice cream, dessert, specialty teas and other culinary delights. There will be two chocolate fountains.

In addition to tasting a variety of chocolate dishes, attendees will receive a chocolate coin, a chance to win a variety of prizes and a free tour of the Old Jail. A scavenger hunt related to history, sponsored by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, will start at 1 p.m., with separate competitions for adults and children.


The scavenger hunt begins with clues to locations on the property of the Old Jail, where historical questions are hidden. Answer a different history question at each location and receive a clue to solve a final puzzle.

About 150 guests and nearly 20 vendors participated in Death by Chocolate in 2011, when it was held in Chambersburg for the first time. The vendors include professionals in the food industry, as well as private chefs. There will be some new vendors this year and some returning ones – including Ed Gotwalt, better known as “Mr. Ed.” He will bring chocolate-covered bacon, a popular new item at his store on U.S. 30.

Sweet Pea Desserts, Town & Country Café and The Butcher Shoppe also are among the vendors expected.

“It’s a fun, family-oriented event” with activities for children and adults, Ann Hull, executive director of the historical society, said in a news release.

“The scavenger hunt was a big draw, too,” she said. “Overall, it was a really great fundraiser and everyone had a good time.”

Moving the event from September to October, when it’s cooler, will be better for the chocolate, according to Hull. In addition to sweet chocolate, Death by Chocolate this year will feature savory delights. Gotwalt’s chocolate-covered bacon and Brenda Sciamanna’s “Rockin’ Jailhouse Stew” are among the additions, and there will be hot dogs and other food available. An art exhibit will be featured as well.

Tickets cost $18 for adults in advance and $20 at the door, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the Old Jail and at

For more information, call 264-1667 or e-mail

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