ABOUT HERSHEY PA:
Hershey, PA is a place of thrilling attractions, exciting live concerts, premier dining, breathtaking venues, relaxing getaways, and deliciously sweet Hershey’s chocolate. It’s also a place with a proud history and legacy of exceptional service and generous philanthropy installed by the man who built two great companies and began a dream that is alive and thriving today in Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth!
For many Americans, the name “Hershey” means chocolate. The man who started it all, Milton S. Hershey, was a great humanitarian and philanthropist. In 1905, Milton Hershey built his famous chocolate company in the town known today as Hershey.
MORE THAN 110 YEARS OF HERSHEYPARK HAPPY
A Park for Workers
From the moment he established his community, Milton S. Hershey planned to build a park to create a more pleasant environment for workers and residents than any typical factory town of the time.
Hershey Park formally opened to the public on Memorial Day, May 30, 1906 along the banks of Spring Creek. An ideal spot for picnicking, boating, and canoeing, the Park was landscaped with graceful trees and wooded groves that provided a shady retreat for thousands of people without being crowded. The original main buildings, a rustic bandstand and pavilion, served as a stage for vaudeville and theatre productions.