Then as now, Mechanicsburg is characterized by the grit and resilience of its citizens. From a village that sprouted up between 1790 and 1820 along the original Indian paths of south-central Pennsylvania and nestled in the farmland of the Susquehanna Valley, Mechanicsburg (also once known as Stoufferstown, Pinchgut, and Drytown) became a way stop for westward-bound pioneers and later recognized as a commercial railroad hub for transporting farm produce, livestock, and goods. By 1828, Mechanicsburg permanently adopted its name in recognition of the large number of mechanics lured here by the promise of work.
If you listen carefully enough, you might still hear the ring and clang of the hardy mechanics as they built and repaired the Conestoga and work wagons that hauled people’s hopes and goods westward on the dusty trails across the Appalachian and Allegheny mountains.
In 1863, Mechanicsburg played its part during the Civil War when wearyand hungry Confederate troops occupied the town demanding provisions before urgently being called southward to Gettysburg.
Generations of Americans, each different in essential ways from those who settled here before them, have fueled our development and given a rich texture to our culture and heritage.
Today, of course, Mechanicsburg is a very different place when compared to these humble beginnings in the early 1800s. It is now a bustling downtown for thousands of people, with many more people moving to our area as they plant roots, raise families, and start businesses, making Cumberland County the fastest growing county in the state.
The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s mission is to help the Borough move thoughtfully and strategically into the next chapter of our story while still preserving our history. The Partnership is dedicated to enhancing what is already a thriving, people-centered destination rich in history, commerce, and opportunity. It does so by focusing on successful partnerships and promoting opportunities to ensure that our traditional commercial and residential cores continue to be attractive, livable, and business friendly. – A great place to live, work, and play.
DOWNTOWN MECHANICSBURG PARTNERSHIP
For nearly two decades, the MISSION AND VISION of the Partnership have remained steady. They are:
- To bring together residents of the Borough who represent diverse interests to create a unified division of a vibrant downtown.
- To enhance the quality of life by preserving and promoting our heritage and unique sense of place.
- To revitalize downtown Mechanicsburg to be a hub of opportunity for culture and innovation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jayne Drake, President
Temple University, Emerita
Edward Phelan, Vice President
Deb McCreary, Treasurer
Owner, Eckel’s Ice Cream Fountain
Pam Zaiser, Secretary
Retired, Holy Spirit Hospital
President, Mechanicsburg Museum Association
Owner, Not So Shabby
Social Media Manager, PLCB
Messiah College, Dir. Sustainability
Tara Kiley Rothwell
Owner, Kite Tales Weaving
Pastor, West Shore Free Church
Attorney, Walters and Galloway
Cumberland Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authorites and liaison Cumberland Co. Redevelopment Authority
Mechanicsburg Borough Council