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The Rosemary House opened its doors in 1968 with some sparse inventory, handmade crafts, and items from the garden all lovingly placed on metal shelving units ordered from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog and assembled by dear old dad. As we celebrate out 50th year we would love for you to share your memories, both old and new, of visiting The Rosemary House. You can read more about our journey in our Flashback Blog
Please never stop doing what you’re doing, great memories!
I wish The Rosemary House was not so far away! I'd be there a lot if it were closer! I'd love to participate in more of the activities in the evenings and the afternoon teas. I make it a point to go on as many bus trips as possible. They never disappoint. It really is the most interesting shop in Mechanicsburg.
We have participated in many craft shows in our 31 years and the 2nd tea festival at Rosemary House was our first tea festival. Not only was it well created, but the gardens were beautiful, the lectures were well done and the tea was literally out of this world. I was glad we were able to make and sell teapot jewelry for their tea loving friends. I met Bertha Reppert many years ago and I am so happy her daughters have carried on the tradition. Best of luck to the Reppert family in their 50th anniversary. Bob & Judy Showers, Showers, Showers of Buttons, Carlisle, Pa.
All that time together with his loving wife and he never could identify poison ivy!
Loved your parents sense of humor. Our trips home from college with your father behind the wheel were always an adventure! It always made me laugh when he would roll down the window and sing as loud as he could.
Happy Father's Day to the mayor!
Loved to see your dad with your mom on the Rosemary House bus trips. I lost my dad at age 7 and so I loved that Byron was in every aspect of your lives. I loved his silly jokes and that he loved Penn State. He was just a wonderful dad!
Loved seeing the busy front desk blog, over the years. Gotta capture a photo of 11 year old Arielle (Susanna's grand niece) who relishes the opportunity to greet customers and ring up sales.
I grew up in Mechanicsburg and have been going to the Rosemary House forever. My favorite memory is taking a wreath making class with a friend. The base of the wreath was made of Artemesia (silver king), which I now have growing in my yard. My dear friend passed away many years ago, but everytime I see that plant growing I think of her and our wonderful time together. The Rosemary House is a treasure.
I grew up in Camp Hill, this was one of my favorite places. Walking in and inhaling all the good smells brings back memories from 40+ years ago. I still have some patchouli oil from all those years ago! Congratulations on your 50 year anniversary and best wishes for many more.
Just attended a wonderful information session presented by Susanna at the Herb Festival at Triple Oaks in Southern New Jersey! Thank you so much for your presentation.
Just found you through The Essential Herbal. Love the pictures!
My Mom and I were here when it first opened in 1968. It was during Jubilee Day.
I found this gem when I got my first place. A little apartment in Mechanicsburg when I was 19 years old. It was my favorite place to visit while I lived in town. 17 years ago that was, and still today the rosemary house is my favorite little shop that brings back such found memories every time I have a chance to visit it.
Love the Rosemary House & dream of attending one of your wonderful teas, sadly I live several states away but you never know...perhaps one day
Love your website. So nice to read about the niceties of life and enjoy them! Wish we had quaint teashops where I live in SC, but we do not. I think there are some in Charleston, but that's across the state from where I live. Thank you for all you do! Blessings to you all!
One of my favorite places in the world! Wonderful fresh food, fun events, beautiful gardens, kind and helpful people!!
Loved those early years at The Rosemary House! Lots of wonderful memories. I remember Chester sleeping under the desk in the front room. I am convinced that The Rosemary House Wedding Rice is the secret to a long and happy marriage! I have been visiting this charming shop in downtown Mechanicsburg since my high school days. There is always something new to discover.
Many years ago I was at a luncheon with Hildegard Peplau (Bertha Repperts sister) and when I told her I lived near Mechanicsburg, she asked if I knew Rosemary House and I said I did know a House family but not a Rosemary, she very kindly said no dear it’s a shop. I’m told she repeated the story many times and one I’ll always remember with a giggle. Wishing you fifty more years of bringing joy and inspiration !
This wonderfully unique shop has always captured my imagination and has always been a go-to for me for herbs and ideas on how to use them. I've always enjoyed Susanna's classes and have found them to be helpful and educational. And the fairy Festival each year has always had a special place in my heart. I was fortunate enough to be face painter there for several years. I will keep coming back for more!
I have enjoyed bringing my daughters to the fairy festival every year and have also taken some classes with my mom. Love this sweet place 🙂