Historic Downtown Mechanicsburg

2nd Floor Gallery

Mechanicsburg offers a charming downtown feel with galleries, casual dining and specialty gift shops. Spend a weekend shopping and discovering this historic town.

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A charming historic downtown with galleries, casual dining and specialty gift shops.

Market Street: 2nd Floor Gallery, located in an 1859 historic church, boasts fine art by national and regional artists. Across the street is The Rosemary House and Gardens, offering a great selection of tea and herbs, and a lovely garden. Take a peek in Civil War and More, a small gem packed with an eclectic selection of Civil War merchandise and staff knowledgeable on local Civil War history. 

Main Street: Begin exploring Main Street with a stop at the Potomac Bead Company. Let yourself be tempted by the vast inventory of jewelry, beads and jewelry making supplies. Set aside some time and make your own piece of jewelry for a special memento of Cumberland Valley, PA. Continue to Brittle Bark and grab a tasty treat. Brittle Bark, featured on the Rachel Ray Show, crafts delicious varieties of peanut brittle, including Cherry Jubilee and Nutty Chai. Right down the street stop in and check out the funky artwork at Metropolis Collective. Next-door is Just Clogs featuring unique, comfortable shoes for all ages. At the corner you can visit Hershey Violins and watch a master craftsman build a beautiful instrument. Head down Main a little farther to stop in Caromal Colours. This unique paint shop can help you restore old pieces of furniture and give a fresh look to other items.

Experience

Stop at the Mechanicsburg Museum and visit a cluster of historic buildings from the 1800s to learn about Cumberland Valley history. The museum is headquartered at the Passenger Station. Start there and experience this preserved 1867 Cumberland Valley Railroad station. From here, the docents can give you tours of the other buildings. 

The Stationmaster's House was built in 1866 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The preserved home was originally built for stationmaster George Zacharias. The two-story Freight Station Museum & Museum Store was once used for freight shipments and deliveries. It now houses a modern museum space and store that sells area gifts and crafts. Finally, ask for a tour of the preserved Frankenberger Tavern. This log tavern was built in 1801 and was near the Great Road from Harrisburg to Carlisle.   

For a fun evening activity, just out of the downtown on York Street sits the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg. Stop by for community theater favorites and musicals in this former one-room schoolhouse.

Eat

For breakfast, order a special at Diener's, like a baked potato omelet loaded with potato, bacon and sour cream. They also have a huge selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. For dinner and a fun bar atmosphere head to Snapper's Restaurant. On the weekends they often have live entertainment. For dessert have hand-dipped favorites like apple pie ice cream at Rakestraw's.

Annual Events
  • April: Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival
  • May: Art Walk and Wine Tasting
  • June (3rd Thursday of June): Jubilee Day is the largest one-day street fair on the East Coast.