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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Broad Street Market

 
 
Broad Street Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. Broad Street Market Marker
Inscription. The Broad Street Market consists of the oldest continuously operated market houses in the United States. By the advent of the Civil War, Harrisburg began to develop north of North Street onto the newly subdivided lands of William Verbeke, John Forster and John Fox. This growth generated the demand for a new farmers market, in addition to the original markets situated in the middle of Market Square since the end of the 18th Century. Thus was formed The West Harrisburg Market Company which in 1850 erected this stone market house at the head of Broad Street, or Verbeke Street, along the emerging artery of N. Third Street. From this intersection would rise a thriving business district anchored by the Broad Street Market. As growth intensified, a brick market, situated to the rear of the original stone market and designed with Palladium windows and clerestory roof treatment, was constructed in 1874 and expanded from west to east in 1877 and 1885 respectively. Originally, the market's setting was similar to the elongated Market Square with buildings facing on all sides tapering to Broad Street which continued onward to the east. Still as vibrant as ever, with both buildings having been thoroughly restored by the City, and accent lighting, banners and central plaza added, the market remains hallmarked by the traditional offerings of fresh produce,
Broad Street Market image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Broad Street Market
poultry and meats supplied by area farmers and the "Pennsylvania Dutch."
Top Photo
1900 postcard view of the stone market house.
Middle Photo
C. 1890 view of brick market house from Fulton Street looking west.
Bottom Photo
Frame shed addition to stone market house in 1975 just prior to its demolition for central plaza area improvements.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 16.163′ N, 76° 53.331′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Third Street and Verbeke Street, on the left when traveling north on N. Third Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Midtown Market District (within shouting distance of this marker); Engleton (approx. 0.2 miles away); J. Horace McFarland (approx. mile away); Firefighters' Memorial Monument (approx. mile away); Lest We Forget
Broad Street Market Plaza image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
3. Broad Street Market Plaza
(approx. mile away); Sunken Gardens (approx. mile away); “Never Again” (approx. mile away); Paxtang Manor (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Broad Street Market, brick building with stone building in background. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 3, 2010
4. Broad Street Market, brick building with stone building in background.
Farmer's stand seen in the brick building of the Broad Street Market. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 3, 2010
5. Farmer's stand seen in the brick building of the Broad Street Market.
View of the brick building interior, Broad Street Market image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, February 27, 2010
6. View of the brick building interior, Broad Street Market
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,408 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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