Shrewsbury is a town in the Susquehanna Valley region of York County, Pennsylvania. It is located four miles above the Mason-Dixon line (PA-MD border) in the agricultural Susquehanna Valley. With approximately 3,500 people residing in Shrewsbury, it is a small suburban community with many farms and family owned or Amish farmers' markets. With it's accessibility to Interstate 83, travelers can reach many Pennsylvania and Maryland locations from Shrewsbury very quickly and easily.
Shrewsbury was first settled in part of a larger area known as Shrewsbury Township in 1739. As the village developed, it was incorporated as its own town in 1834. The largest ancestry group in Shrewsbury is from Germany, with 38 percent of residents today identifying with either German or Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. The town of Shrewsbury covers a mere 1.8 square miles, existing in the township that covers 29 square miles. The township includes Shrewsbury, Railroad, New Freedom, and Glen Rock, and students attend the Southern York County School District.
The town has developed rapidly, with a population increase of 45 percent in the past 20 years. With nearly double the people, farms and pieces of land have been sold and commercialized with creation of strip malls and multiple shopping plazas. Although Shrewsbury is part of the York metropolitan area, most commuters travel south to Baltimore County for work. Sixty-five percent of Shrewsbury residents are married or have families, with a median family income of about $57,000 per year. Majority of citizens in Shrewsbury claim to be registered Republicans, and demographically, the town is 97 percent white.
* Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Baltimore, MD.
* Harrisburg International Airport, Harrisburg, PA.
* Driving North: From Baltimore, take Interstate 83 North. Shrewsbury is the first exit when you cross into Pennsylvania, Exit 4: Shrewsbury.
* Driving South: From York, take Interstate 83 South. Shrewsbury is the last exit before crossing the Maryland line, Exit 4: Shrewsbury.
1. Mason-Dixon Family Restaurant, 3 Old Farm Lane, Market Square Shopping Center, 717-235-6471. WEBSITE. HOURS. DESCRIPTION. AVERAGE PRICE.
2. Big Apple Bagels, 586 Shrewsbury Commons Avenue, Shrewsbury Commons, 717-235-9559.
3. Cracker Barrel, 13600 Wolfe Road, Stonebridge Plaza, 717-235-4040.
4. Starbucks, 14605 Mount Airy Road, Shrewsbury Square, 717-227-3520.
5. Ship to Shore Coffee, Inc., 17 Old Farm Lane, Market Square Shopping Center, 717-227-2232.
1. Coach Light Restaurant, 99 E Forrest Avenue, 717-235-4711.
2. Ginza Japanese Restaurant, 616 Shrewsbury Commons Avenue, Shrewsbury Commons, 717-227-4949.
3. Nikolas’ Café, 551 S Main Street, Market Square Shopping Center, 717-235-2200.
4. Emerald Garden, 564 Shrewsbury Commons Avenue, Shrewsbury Commons, 717-227-2288.
5. Ruby Tuesday’s, 1020 Far Hills Drive, Stonebridge Plaza, 717-235-0223.
6. Bill Bateman’s Express, 985 Far Hill Drive, Stonebridge Plaza, 717-235-2500.
7. Spataro’s Italian Restaurant, 634 Shrewsbury Commons Avenue, Shrewsbury, Commons, 717-227-2000.
8. Sal’s Pizza, 437 S Main Street, 717-227-4846.
Nearby destinations that are suitable for day trips include:
* York, PA: Explore the unofficial, first capital of the United States and the original Harley-Davidson manufacturing factory. (15 miles, approx. 20 minute car ride)
* Harrisburg, PA: Explore the Capital of Pennsylvania. (42 miles, approx. 50 minute car ride)
* Hershey, PA: Explore Hershey Park and other chocolate town attractions. (50 miles, approx. 50 minute car ride)
* Lancaster, PA: Explore Amish country. (40 miles, approx. 45 mintue car ride)
* Baltimore, MD: Explore Inner Harbor and enjoy Maryland blue crab or other fresh seafood. (40 miles, approx. 45 minute car ride)
* Washington, D.C.: Explore the nation's Capital. (80 miles, approx. 1.5 hour car ride)