Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Enchanted Town


If this picture reminds you of an enchanted forest, you are only half right.  Instead, this ancient greenery lives in a storied town..and that, my Friends, has always been Pennsylvania’s charm.  This bygone place celebrates roots as old as some of the trees here, it’s colonial history written in every settled place.
If you are an old-fashionista like me, this will make your antique-loving heart beat a wee bit faster. And mine does, for one such magical little town called Mechanicsburg, just a stone’s throw from where I reside.

From what I understand, this place was aptly named in its heyday, when it was considered the dead-last stop to go to have your wagon checked, before people headed out en masse out West, during the mass exodus post Civil War--to get land out there-- and to find gold during the gold rush era.

Mechanicsburg was the place to go to get wagon parts, check wagons, and other such notions, and the little town hints that some folks did, indeed, make small fortunes in the wagon business. I suspect other stores popped up around this hub, and my minds eye wanders to proper women in Victorian garb, business men and sweaty brow laborers, charm and ingenuity and commerce and etiquette. The tales of this town, the old stories, are here now, left by history to feed our imaginations….

Old houses line the streets...




                                                         One curiously named pub....


For those with a yen for the "mountain man" style...



                                              I suspect some of my Iowa friends would love this....




                                                      An old Victorian style mansion....



                              Old whitewash and lattice gingerbread work around the porch....


                                             The budding fiddler in me will be visiting this joint!  


                                                     Olde world charm in the details!



                                                  Picturesque lovely scenes everywhere....


 
                The highlight of the place seems to be this scrumptious old house--splashed to the
                                                           10's with old details...


                                                 A view from below....................


                                          This was at a backyard of an herbal store!


                                                     
                                                      And now we say goodbye....



Until next time, dear Friends!

8 comments:

Tina Sams said...

Glad you got to the Rosemary House!

Sue said...

A lovely, charming town - I would love to visit it!

Hugs

Sue said...

A wonderful, charming town...I would love to visit it!

xxoo

Unknown said...

What a magical place! Thanks for giving me a great destination when my hubby is fighting the Battle of Gettysburg (unreconstructed conferderate)again. I can't wait to go now.

Skip On Stars

Donna Kelly said...

What a cool destination. I'm going exploring when my hubby goes to fight the Battle of Gettysburg again.

Lori said...

Gorgeous and fairy tale like!

Lori said...

Gorgeous and fairy tale like!

A.R. Miller said...

Awesome!