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McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
Official logo of McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
Keystone Marker
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Adams
Settled 1765
Incorporated 1882
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,038
 • Density 5,138.7/sq mi (1,984.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17344
Area code(s) 717

McSherrystown is a borough in Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,038 as of the 2010 census.

The headquarters of the popular Teddy Bear manufacturer Boyds Bears as well as the oldest operating family-run cigar manufacturer in the U.S. (since 1863), F.X. Smith & Sons, are located in McSherrystown.


McSherrystown is the fourth oldest town in Adams County. Its founder, Patrick McSherry (1725–1795) having family origins stemming from Newry, Northern Ireland, procured a 300-acre (1.2 km2) tract from the Digges Family in 1763 and proceeded to lay out a number of 5-acre (20,000 m2) lots. The first known deed for one of these lots was dated June 27, 1765. Although McSherry may have intended his effort to be used primarily as outlots for Hanover residents, where they could keep their animals at times and obtain wood, it soon developed into a full-fledged town. McSherry, who lived in Mount Pleasant Township in 1765 and was later tavern-keeper in Littlestown, may never have lived in the town which bears his name.


McSherrystown is located at 39°48′15″N 77°1′9″W / 39.80417°N 77.01917°W / 39.80417; -77.01917 (39.804202, -77.019301).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 206
1860 280 35.9%
1870 291 3.9%
1880 439 50.9%
1890 1,020 132.3%
1900 1,490 46.1%
1910 1,724 15.7%
1920 1,800 4.4%
1930 2,050 13.9%
1940 2,128 3.8%
1950 2,510 18.0%
1960 2,839 13.1%
1970 2,773 −2.3%
1980 2,764 −0.3%
1990 2,769 0.2%
2000 2,691 −2.8%
2010 3,038 12.9%
Est. 2015 3,067 1.0%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,691 people, 1,175 households, and 727 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,138.7 people per square mile (1,998.1/km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 2,350.7 per square mile (914.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.88% White, 0.52% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

There were 1,175 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,286, and the median income for a family was $40,089. Males had a median income of $33,378 versus $20,784 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,158. About 1.4% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Places of Interest

McSherrystown epitomizes the old small town feel, as there are no major retail shopping in the area besides a Food Lion grocery store. Some of the popular local establishments include: Neiderer's Pool, The Moose, Knights of Columbus, Hustler's Crabs, Rose's Pizza, and Rocky's II Shaved Ice.

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