Christian Hershey (1675-1722) comes to what is now Lancaster County with a group of German-Swiss Mennonites.
His grandson, Christian Hershey (1719-1782) purchases 400 acres of land including this farm and builds a small house.
Michael and Mary, the last two Conestoga Indians in Lancaster County, are buried in the back meadow after living under the protection of the Hersheys for many years. This road was later named Indian Village Road.
Christian Hershey (1762-1840) and his wife Elizabeth, build the existing limestone farmhouse and barn. Christian's brother Isaac (1773-1831) moves to what is now the town of Hershey.
Isaac Hershey (1773-1831) constructs a similar stone farmhouse in Hershey for his son Jacob. In 1857 Jacob's son, Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, is born in that house. The house is located on the campus of Milton Hershey School.
John B. Hershey (1875-1954) and his wife Adeline (1878-1976) reside on the homestead. Their daughter Mary is born in 1903.
Noah and Mary (Hershey) Kreider purchase the Homestead at public auction from John B. Hershey, keeping the lands of Christian Hershey in the hands of his descendents. The Kreider's move into the Homestead with their two young sons, Richard and Noah Jr. in the spring of 1935.
Kreider Farms celebrates 75 years of business.
Erected by Kreider Farms.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 40° 10.324′ N, 76° 21.531′ W. Marker is in Penn Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Indian Village Road 0.7 miles west of Doe Run Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Indian Village Rd, Manheim PA 17545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Manheim Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Manheim Historical Society (approx. 1.9 miles away); Memorial to Henry William Stiegel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Heintzelman House (approx. 2 miles away); Baron Stiegel
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by William Pope of Marietta, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2021, by William Pope of Marietta, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.