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Since 1836   PA Lic. #AU002520L


Recycling America's Treasures for 178 Years

Robert A. Ensminger, PA Auctioneers Association's



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My family run auction business was started February 1, 1836 in downtown Harrisburg, PA.  It the oldest, continuously operated auction business in the Central Pennsylvania area and one of the oldest auction firms in the Unites States. 


Ensminger Auctioneers is currently being operated by fifth generation auctioneer  Robert A. Ensminger as a sole proprietor.  His brother, John S. Ensminger, now officially retired, remains as contract auctioneer.  


Previous generations of family auctioneers included fourth generation auctioneer John T. Ensminger, IV (1918-2009,) and third generation auctioneers E. Charles Ensminger (1875-1958) and John T. Ensminger, Jr. (1878-1955.)   Maj. John T. Ensminger represented the second generation and actually sold the spoils and surpluses of the Civil War on the steps of the state capitol.  Philip Ensminger started it all in 1836.  The entry in his journal shows the start of business on February 1st of that year.  The Harrisburg Business Directory of 1842 (complete original copy in my possession) shows that he was one of three auctioneers in Harrisburg at that time.


Updated 5/21/2014.  My normal service areas include the Central Pennsylvania areas listed below.  My Commonwealth of PA license is valid throughout Pennsylvania and 12 states that offer reciprocity.  I offer contract auction services anywhere my license is valid and jurisdictions where no license is required. 


Links below are to municipal web sites and zip code links provide demographic information for those areas. 


Dauphin County Harrisburg, Hershey, Hummelstown, Middletown, Palmyra, Grantville, Dauphin, and Halifax.  Also in Dauphin County are Penbrook, Paxtang, Steelton, Oberlin, Bressler, Enhaut, Royalton, and Highspire.  Susquehanna Township, Lower Paxton Township, West Hanover, East Hanover, Swatara, Lower Swatara, Derry, Londonderry, Conewago, Middle Paxton, Reed, Halifax Township, and Jackson Townships.  Service areas include the following zip codes: 17101 17102 17103 17104 17105 17106 17107 17108 17109 17110 17111 17112 17113 17018 17028 17032 17033 17034 17036 17057 17078.  In Cumberland County are Camp Hill, Enola, Wormleysburg, Lemoyne, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Grantham, New Kingston, Summerdale, West Fairview, and Mt. Holly Springs.  Dickinson, East Pennsboro, Hampden, Lower Allen, Middlesex, Monroe, North Middleton,  Silver Spring, South Middleton, and Upper Allen Townships. I serve these zip codes on a regular basis: 17007  17008 17011 17013 17015 17025 17027 17043 17050 17055 17065 17070 17072 17093,in Lebanon County 17078York County areas are Fariview, Newberry, Monaghan, Carroll and Franklin Townships, Dillsburg, Goldsboro (also see Etters,) Lewisberry and York Haven17019 17070 17319 17339 17370  Areas normally serviced in Perry County are Marysville, Shermansdale, Duncannon, Newport and New Bloomfield.  17020 17053 17068 17074 17090


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