Mechanicsburg, PA Homes

Mechanicsburg is a vibrant, historic town

MECHANICSBURG PAST

Completing its line in 1837, Mechanicsburg was designated as a water station where workers could restock the locomotive’s wood and pump water. The train became the town’s link to the world of business and industry.

Grain and feed companies, lumber yards and numerous factories were purposely built along side the railroad tracks. Archives show that, at one time, there were twenty-five trains chugging through the town daily carrying travelers, coal, feathers, fruit, ice, mail and newspapers. During the Civil War, the railroad was an invaluable method of transporting troops and supplies.

The town of Mechanicsburg was incorporated on April 12, 1828. Mechanicsburg has four historical markers within the Borough (Cumberland Valley Railroad, Irving Female College, Simpson Ferry Road and Union Church) and includes several historic buildings, one of which (the Stationmaster’s House) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

MECHANICSBURG PRESENT

Mechanicsburg is a vibrant, historic and pedestrian friendly downtown. From the corner of Main and Market – our Heritage Square – to Memorial Park, downtown Mechanicsburg is truly the primary local and regional destination for a diverse mixture of residents, businesses, tourists and shoppers, seeking a lively, inviting alternative to gather, live, work, play, shop and do business. We are the heart of the West Shore of the Susquehanna.

Mechanicsburg will be a downtown built upon a diverse and viable business mix that includes many well established professional and retail businesses. Around this nucleus of anchor businesses, new restaurants, galleries and retail opportunities will be drawn. Mechanicsburg will use its strengths to achieve sustainability: our historic character, sense of community and high quality of life.

Mechanicsburg has the tools to continue to succeed. The downtown’s program of revitalization and promotion is led by a well-organized, committed group of volunteers, organizations and business owners.  Mechanicsburg’s volunteers share a unified focus on fostering successful partnerships and promoting opportunities to ensure that our traditional commercial and residential core continues to be attractive, livable and business friendly.

We truly are Yours to Discover!

Dirt Track Racing

William's Grove Speedway

Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile automobile dirt racing track located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. The speedway opened on May 21, 1939, and has hosted many of the most notable national touring series and some of those most prestigious races in the country. The speedway is entering its 77th year of operation, with racing every Friday from March to October and other special events. One of these special events is the $50,000 to win National Open for sprint cars sanctioned by the World of Outlaws racing series held in October.

1930s-1940s
In late 1937, car owner at that time, Emmett Shelley convinced Williams Grove Park Owner Roy Richwine to build a speedway across the street from the park and on May 21, 1939, Williams Grove Speedway held its first race. The race was won by Tommy Hinnershitz. The speedway ran “big car” races under the American Automobile Association (AAA) sanction as well as select American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Flat track races in its first few years of operation. In 1942, the speedway halted operation due to World War II until after its completion in 1945. In 1947, a year after the continuation of racing, major improvements at the speedway were made including lighting for night racing, a pedestrian tunnel at the entrance to turn one and the “famous” bridge across the backstretch. In 1949, the American Championship Car Racing National Championship would make an appearance, drawing a large crowd in a race won by Johnny Mantz. At the end of the 1940s the National Roadster Championships were held at the speedway, which would help greatly influence the future of racing in the next decade.

Festivities!

Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, PA

Jubilee Day is the largest, longest running one day street fair on the east coast attracting up to 70,000 attendees. The 90th edition of this annual event features more than 325 vendors from near and far offering food, games, arts & crafts, business information, retail products, carnival rides and more. There is a Children’s Area with activities for the very young, and live entertainment on two stages.

The festival takes place on Main Street from York Street to Walnut Street and on Market Street from Simpson Street to Strawberry Avenue.

Jubilee Day ™, in Mechanicsburg, PA, is the largest one-day street fair in the eastern United States!  The fair originated in 1923 as an agricultural and merchants ‘thank you’ for the support of the community.  Currently, the fair is attended by approximately 60,000 people who roam main street in Mechanicsburg during the festival hours (mid-morning until 9pm)

Jubilee Day ™ is held on the 3rd Thursday in June.

A main stage is constructed at the square where live music can be heard almost all day.  Plenty of food, arts, and craft vendors line the streets; and most businesses have specials of their own inside the stores.