Franklin County Visitor's Bureau Spotlights New Historical Fiction about County Native Harriet Lane

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington” by Bob O'Connor.

“Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington” is Bob O'Connor's thirteenth book.
Harriet Lane was born in the Franklin County community of Mercersburg PA.

Franklin County Visitor's Bureau is recommending “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington” by Bob O'Connor. Released in September, the book focuses on Harriet Lane, niece of 15th President James Buchanan, who after losing both her parents by age eleven was cared for by Buchanan. Harriet Lane lived an exceptional life for a young lady of her era. Provided a quality education, Lane engaged in politics and world affairs at a level a woman did not typically experience. She formulated her own opinions and was an asset to her uncle in his service as minister to Russia and England as well as in his service as president.

Harriet Lane was born in the Franklin County community of Mercersburg PA. Today, the Lane House, where Harriet and her family lived, remains an elegant residence in small town Mercersburg.

“Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington” is historical fiction, ninety-five percent rooted in fact, according to author Bob O’Connor. The book, told in the voice of Harriet Lane, begins with her earliest memories, growing up and beginning her education in Mercersburg and the pain of losing both her parents. It concludes with the end of her uncle’s presidency.

The book is author Bob O'Connor’s thirteenth work, which includes both fiction and nonfiction. Among the titles are “A Perfect Steel Trap,” “A House Divided Against Itself,” "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln," "The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison,” and “The Murphy Farm: A Refuge From Racism.” He's added Harriet Lane to a cast of key figures in history such as John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and U.S. Colored Troops. This book, as most of his books, is set near the author’s home in Charles Town, WV.

“Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington” is available on Amazon and from the author’ website—boboconnorbooks.com, A book signing is slated at the new Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s11/30 center in May 2018, the month of Harriet Lane’s birthday.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more....plan your visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866.646.8060

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