Milton Hershey, born of mennonite parents combined his parents 17th Century work ethic with 20th Century technology when he built a factory northwest of Lancaster on Route 283 where he also built a town and eventually a huge complex dedicated to chocolate.
Although raised by Mennonite parents, Hershey embraced the machine age and put the latest 1905 technology to work near a source of abundant fresh milk to become our favorite chocolateer.
With his fortunes from chocolate, he built an antique automobile collection, a huge amusement park, a zoo, and a 23-acre rose garden for his wife.
Visitors can take trolley rides through the town on streets named Chocolate Ave and Hershey Drive, each lined by street lamps in the shape of the Hershey Kiss. A highlight for kids might be the tour of a simulated factory complete with animated cows that sport boas and croon a hip-hop opus to milk.
While it is unlikely that Mr. Hershey would have chosen the musical accompaniment for the factory tour, he was an innovator; the factory now processes one million pounds of milk chocolate daily and ships 80 million Hershey Kisses each day throughout the world.
In fact everything in town says chocolate and this includes a spa treatment at the Hotel Hershey where you can wash away your travel aches immersed in warm slurry of rich therapeutic chocolate.
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The Penn Dutch Amish Family uses covered coach
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How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto: From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia airport and rental car
Hershey Sightseeing, Amish Penn Dutch Country, PA
While Hershey Sightseeing in Amish Penn Dutch Country Visitors can take trolley rides through the town on streets named Chocolate Ave and Hershey Drive, each lined by street lamps in the shape of the Hershey Kiss.
A highlight for kids might be the tour of a simulated factory complete with animated cows.