History Contest Update: Due to weather-related school closings, the deadline for submissions has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Milton Hershey didn’t just build a factory in the town that bears his name. He built a community.

He chose this area for practical reasons—its proximity to dairy farms, available land, and good rail transportation. But he also had sentimental reasons: this was his birthplace. For nearly 40 years, Milton Hershey devoted himself to creating a gracious, enriching, and congenial home for his employees, for tourists, and for himself.

At the heart of this gallery is a mini-theater that explores the town’s history, growth and people.  Other exhibits explore varied aspects of Hershey, Pennsylvania. They trace its lavish architecture, much of it inspired by Milton and Kitty Hershey’s travels abroad, as well as the Hershey mansion and life in the factory. Displays also spotlight Hersheypark and other attractions that made the “Sweetest Place on Earth” a truly extraordinary community.

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