Introduction to Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin county, is 25 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 67 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which is part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 12,771 residents.
Hershey, which is nicknamed "The Sweetest Place on Earth," was initially known as " Derry Church." In 1897, the "Homestead farm," the original home of the Hershey family, was purchased by Milton S. Hershey. He built his chocolate factory and developed the entire region as a planned community for his family and employees. Following the increasing popularity of Hershey's Chocolate, the community was renamed "Hershey" in 1906. Milton Hershey acted as the benevolent overseer of the town and built a school for orphaned children, golf courses, and gardens. The lights on the main street of Hershey are in the shape of candy kisses.
Hershey and Nearby Attractions
- Hershey Museum of American Life
- Antique Auto Museum at Hershey
- Milton S. Hershey Mansion
- Williams Grove Amusement Park
Things To Do In Hershey
Numerous museums and historic sites are located in Hershey. The Derry Township Historical Society Museum houses artifacts and photographs which reflect the history of the township. Hershey Museum features exhibits on the chocolate-making process, as well as the life of German immigrants in the region. Hershey's Chocolate World, the town's visitor center, includes the Hershey Trolley Works, the Really Big 3-D show, Factory Works Experience, shops and restaurants, and a free Chocolate Tour ride. Hershey is also home to a number of golf courses like the Hershey Park Golf Course, Hershey Country Club's West Course, Hershey Juvenile Course, Hershey Country Club's East Course, and Hotel Hershey Course. The 23-acre Hershey Gardens has more than 7,000 roses and seasonal flowers on display. Hersheypark, and the adjacent ZooAmerica are among other popular attractions in the area.
The closest major airport is Harrisburg International Airport.
Hershey Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is located in Hershey. Nearby colleges include Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College.