Settled in 1730, Shippensburg is the oldest community of the Cumberland Valley and the second oldest west of the Susquehanna River. In 1735, Widow Piper’s Tavern was built. It still stands at the corner of East King and Queen streets. This building was used as the place for the first Cumberland County Courts in 1750 and 1751. It now serves as home of the Shippensburg Civic Club.
With easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81, Shippensburg is just a short driving distance from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Washington D.C.
The home of Shippensburg University, commonly known as Ship or SU, which was founded in 1871. Shippensburg University is one of 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Also the home of The Beistle Company, the oldest and largest manufacturer of decorations and party goods, Shippensburg is also the location of Pague and Fegan, the oldest continuously operated hardware store in Pennsylvania.
Shippensburg is well-known for it’s annual Corn Festival, held the last Saturday in August, average attendance at the festival is estimated at 60,000-70,000 each year and also the Shippensburg Community Fair which is held the last full week of July. The fair bills itself as Pennsylvania’s largest bi-county fair.