Franklin County Visitors Bureau Recommends Visiting Mercersburg for Townfest and Beer & Wine Festival on September 29

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Mercersburg is a great place to visit in fall with Mercersburg Townfest, Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival and its historic landmarks.

Mercersburg Townfest is fun for all ages

Enjoy the fall weather with exploring the town of Mercersburg through its festivals, delicious food and local history.

Fall is a great time to explore Mercersburg and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends checking out Mercersburg Townfest and the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival on September 29.

Over 8,000 people visit the downtown for food, crafts and vendors during Mercersburg Townfest. The streets are filled with the feeling of a traditional street fair that is fun for the entire family. More than 120 crafters, artisans and local vendors line the streets for a day of fun.

Kids can build stuffed animals, enjoy face painting, free balloons, pony rides and a moon bounce, while enjoying entertainment from the community and school bands.

While Townfest is going on, the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival returns to the Mercersburg Lions Club Park. This 21 and over event features over 25 breweries with 50 craft beers and more than 5 wineries and vintners. From 1pm to 5pm, enjoy tastings of brews with a free commemorative sample glass, live music, free parking and a free shuttle that will have service to locations in Chambersburg, Greencastle and Hagerstown.

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These events are a great way to get a first-hand look at this historic town. Mercersburg is the boyhood home of President James Buchanan, who grew up and worked in the town. Mercersburg is also home to one of the oldest established industries in the town, The Mercersburg Journal, which was first published in the 1890’s and still reports on community events today. Across the street from Buchanan’s boyhood home is the home of his niece Harriet Lane, who served as hostess at the White House during her uncle’s presidency.

The town is steeped in Civil War history as well and was the home in the late eighteenth century to a large community of free and runaway slaves. In town, the Zion Union Cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent African American citizens. Most notably, it is the final resting place of soldiers from the first African American Regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, where forty-four men from the area served. Later, the ranks of African-American soldiers formed the Unites States Colored Troops (USCT).

Enjoy the fall weather with exploring the town of Mercersburg through its festivals, delicious food and local history.

For more information about these events and to learn about more things to do this fall, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 or by visiting

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, art, recreation, natural beauty, and fresh foods. Experience the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more. Plan a visit soon at or by contacting 866.646.8060.

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