Milton Hershey School

Milton Hershey School (HM1L0U)

Location: Hershey, PA 17033 Dauphin County
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N 40° 16.49', W 76° 37.594'

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Heritage Center at Kinderhaus

Records indicate that Isaac Hershey, great-grandfather of Milton Hershey, purchased the Kinderhaus property circa 1800. The building is the oldest structure on the Milton Hershey School campus and one of the oldest homes in Derry Township.
In 1826, Isaac Hershey constructed what would become The Homestead. Eventually, Kinderhaus became the property of Israel Hershey, a cousin of Milton Hershey. Milton Hershey purchased the Kinderhaus property from Israel Hershey in 1906. Though not a part of the original land granted to the Hershey Industrial School in 1909, it soon became part of the property and in 1912 became the first building dedicated solely to the housing of students.
Kinderhaus (meaning Children's Home in German) served as a student home until 1996. During this period the home underwent many physical changes, including removal of trees and the large front porch to accommodate the widening of Horseshoe Pike (now State Road 322) and the addition of a large frame addition to the rear in 1932.
On April 2007, Kinderhaus became home to the Department of School History and the Milton Hershey School Heritage Center at Kinderhaus.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper left) Kinderhaus, circa 1895.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower left) Kinderhaus, 1915.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper right) Kinderhaus, 1930.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower right) Kinderhaus, 1977.
HM NumberHM1L0U
Placed ByDepartment of School History-Spartans
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 361711 N 4459530
Decimal Degrees40.27483333, -76.62656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.49', W 76° 37.594'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 29.4" N, 76° 37' 35.64" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 461-499 US-322, Hershey PA 17033, US
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