The settlement was also essential to the development of the Cumberland Valley Railroad.


Welcome to Mechanicsburg

Half an hour from downtown Harrisburg is this lovely, historic suburb that hosts the long-running Jubilee Day
Mechanicsburg is a historic suburb in Cumberland County comprising several municipalities. The variety of districts within the township mean there is a wide variety of residential and business opportunities, from older historic neighborhoods to the bustling, walkable downtown area. Located only a half-hour away from Harrisburg's vibrant downtown and the popular tourist and resort town of Hershey, Mechanicsburg is a pleasant place to live with plenty to do.
The town was named for its founders, a group of mechanics that settled the area to help fix and build wagons for travelers migrating to the west after crossing the Susquehanna River. The settlement was also essential to the development of the Cumberland Valley Railroad. Mechanicsburg residents appreciate its quiet, picturesque settings and community-oriented atmosphere. Today, the township has become known for being the hometown of many fun festivals, including the Jubilee Day –– the longest-running one-day street fair on the east coast.

What to Love

 • Interesting historical legacy
 • Jubilee Day
 • Picturesque and rural setting
 • Community-oriented spirit
 • Half-hour from Harrisburg downtown

People & Lifestyle

As a very small borough in Cumberland County, Mechanicsburg has established itself as a peaceful suburban environment attractive to families. Cities can quickly become packed and congested, making Mechanicsburg's spacious lots and strong community all the more appealing. Most people who live here are young adults or couples looking to start a family.
Mechanicsburg is located in a beautiful area where you're conveniently close to major interstates and the state capital, yet far enough away to enjoy the simplicity of a calm, rural township. It's also a fast-developing borough with new projects always in the works and a growing community that continues supplying job opportunities. The small-town vibe here is strong, neighbors look out for each other, and the local chamber of commerce regularly hosts fun social gatherings and seasonal events.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Smoke & Pickles Artisan Butcher Shop is a classic and artisanal neighborhood butcher shop. Menu items include pre-marinated steaks, roasts, burgers, beef, bacon, chicken, duck, and more. Prepared meals like pulled pork sandwiches and smoked chicken salad are also available, plus brunch is served alongside the regular menu on the weekends.
For coffee, tea, and specialty drinks (like macchiato, Americano, expresso, etc.), there is no better local shop than Capital Joe Coffee. JoJo's Pizza & Pasta has remained a Mechanicsburg fixture for almost 50 years. The menu has since grown beyond pizza to include pasta dinners, specialty subs. Sushi lovers should look no further than Sakura Japanese Cuisine for dine-in or take-out. This relaxed eatery plates everything from specialty rolls to hibachi plates.

Things to Do

The largest and longest-running one-day street fair on the east coast, Jubilee Day attracts thousands of guests each year for carnival rides, food, games, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.
Enjoy a family-friendly spooktacular event with the annual Mechanicsburg Halloween Parade. This frightful event ushers in trick-or-treat season with costumed characters, musical performances, contests, and floats! Apart from Halloween, celebrate the fall season at the Mechanicsburg Fall Festival, a lively, family-friendly festival featuring hayrides, delicious food, a tractor parade, and a flea market.
Mechanicsburg residents gather each year to ring in the New Year with the traditional Wrench Drop, which started as an Eagle Scout project in 2003. The steel wrench is an homage to the mechanics who founded the town in the 19th century to repair wagons traveling west. The annual event is held in front of the Washington Fire Drop.


The Mechanicsburg Area School District serves the public schools district of Mechanicsburg.

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