Chestnut woodwork throughout, including a magnificent winding staircase, several fireplaces, and high ceilings graced with Victorian light fixtures make the reception area idea for any gathering that calls for a special setting.
The second floor houses the Society's library and archive, with a vast collection of documents, photographs, computer files and publications. The library contains an extensive collection of genealogical resources for the region. Here the scholar will find much raw data for new research. The more casual visitor can peruse published works of local interest.
Other rooms in the Oller House serve as exhibit and museum areas.
Welty's Mill Bridge is a Scottish style bridge built by D.S. Stoner over the Antietam Creek. Around 1798 Mr. Welty opened a mill and distillery manufacturing a brand of rye and malt whiskey famed for over a century. The bridge is a double-arch stone bridge. It was completed in 1856 by local builder David S. Stoner. The sturdy span handled automobile traffic until the late 1980's when it was abandoned for a more modern bridge built nearby.
In 1892, as the small town of Waynesboro enjoyed an industrial boom, Joseph J. and Myrtle (Funk) Oller built a house on Main Street. Here, in the large Queen Anne style home, the Ollers raised three children.
J.J. Oller, like his father before him, was a local bank executive and an important figure in Waynesboro industry. Oller House was constructed by A.M. Good, who built many of Waynesboro's fine victorian residences. Located in the heart of town, and home to one of Waynesboro's prominent families, the handsome brick house was for years a center of social activity.
Nearly a century after it was built, the large Victorian house on Main Street again became a center of activity in Waynesboro. Rello Oller, eldest daughter of the Oller children, donated her family home - in which she was born in 1895 - to the Waynesboro Historical Society.
Work began in 1990 to transform Oller House into a functional headquarters for the Historical Society. The lovely home retains the charm of its past, while careful restoration has secured it for the future.
The recreation of the original color scheme, replacement of the copper fleur-de-lis finial on the tower, document wall coverings and reproduction period lighting are details that help restore Oller House to its former glory. At the same time, special lighting for exhibits, up-to-date kitchen facilities, an architecturally integrated handicap ramp, and modern climate control have adapted the house for a variety of activities.
Sixteen rooms on three floors provide ample space for the Society to carry on its work, and to grow with the community. A cluster of large open rooms on the first floor are well-suited for private parties, weddings and receptions, speeches, seminars, exhibits or meetings.
Zullinger School was erected and opened in 1911 to replace an old one room school. The school is a 2 story, four room building located on Route #16 three miles west of Waynesboro in Zullinger. Originally grades 1 through 8 were held in the school with each of the four teachers instructing two grades. As the years went by this changed to one grade level per classroom for grades 1 through 4. The school has no indoor room for recreation. To make up for this a large playground was available. Part of this ground belonged to the community. In the summers the playground area was used as a summer recreational area for the local children. The school was closed at the end of the 1961-62 school year. The school is currently in the process of being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and a committee is creating a strategic plan to for restoration.
Harbaugh Church was built in 1892 in honor of Dr. Henry Harbaugh (1817-1867) a noted theologian who grew up on a farmstead near the Maryland State line south of Rouzerville. The church was largely funded through a bequest from George Harbaugh, a brother of Dr. Henry Harbaugh. It was built on the site of the first Harbaugh Church, erected in 1846 on land donated by George Harbaugh, father of Henry. The Church of the Apostles eventually sold the unheated church to the Waynesboro Historical Society for $1. It is used for weddings, funerals, nondenominational services, and special programs.
The Harbaugh Church is located on Harbaugh Church Road (Rt 418) in Franklin County, PA. The road goes between Ringgold, MD and Rouzerville, PA and the church is located just over the PA State Line. A cornerstone on the brick church states: “Harbaugh’s Reformed Church, Rebuilt 1892”. A cemetery is next to the church.
A road sign on the church property states: “Dr. Henry Harbaugh. Pennsylvania-German author, theologian and educator, 1817-1867, was born one and one-half miles distant. The house is marked by a monument.”
On the stone house, a monument states: ‘Birthplace and Early Home of Dr. Henry Harbaugh, Pennsylvania German Author, Theologian & Educator, 1817-1867. One Hundred yards southwest is the site of the old school house at the creek. “Today is just twenty years since I began to roam; Now safely back I stand once more before the old school house door, close by my father’s home.” This memorial erected by the Washington Township Teacher’s Assn, Pennsylvania German Society, Kittochtinny Historical Society and Friends 1945.