This town's motto is "A Good Place to Live," and it must be true, because Cumberland Valley's Mechanicsburg has been attracting residents and visitors since 1807.
Mechanicsburg is a history lover's dream, peppered with old Pennsylvania Railroad sites including: The Stationmaster's House built in 1863, the Passenger Station erected in 1866 and the Freight Station built circa 1870. The Frankenberger Tavern and Union Church, both built in the early 1800s, are excellent examples of early Pennsylvania architecture and lifestyle. These historic buildings and more exhibits can be toured through the Mechanicsburg Museum Association. If you're a history buff a must-stop is the Civil War & More shop. The employees know just about everything when it comes to the town and the Civil War.
The downtown area of Mechanicsburg is lined with a collection of mom-and-pop restaurants and shops. Stop in and mingle with the locals over breakfast at one of the diners or while browsing through the shops and art galleries along Market and Main streets. Find fresh local goods or pick-your-own flowers or pumpkins at nearby farm-fresh markets and stands. Or, if you're looking for something more familiar, cruise down the Carlisle Pike for all the big box names you're used to.
Fast & Fun Facts:
- This town was named after a settlement of mechanics that made and repaired wagons.
- In 1837 the Cumberland Valley Railroad line was completed, bringing an influx of industry to the town.
- Although there are several professional athletes originating from Mechanicsburg, perhaps the most recognizable resident is Poison front man Bret Michaels.
- Jubilee Day (June) - largest one-day street fair on the East Coast
- Architecture & Wine Walks
People looking to relocate and residents of Mechanicsburg can find helpful information on the Hampden Township, Monroe Township, North Middleton Township, Mechanicsburg Borough and Silver Spring Township websites.