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Derry Township near Hershey in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Derry Church School (1844-1904)

 
 
Derry Church School (1844-1904) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. Derry Church School (1844-1904) Marker
Inscription.  Born in Derry Township, Milton S. Hershey (1857 - 1945) attended this one-room schoolhouse during the winter of 1863-1864. Built in 1844, this was the first of seven schools he attended before apprenticing to a Lancaster, PA. candy maker at age 14. After business failures in Philadelphia and New York, Hershey realized success with his third venture, the Lancaster Caramel Co. (est. 1886). The Hershey Chocolate Company was established in 1894. Hershey broke ground for a new chocolate factory and model town here in 1903. His home "High Point" sits on the hill above. Prior to its 1961 restoration by Milton Hershey School students, the schoolhouse served as the Hershey Country Club caddy house.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 40° 17.486′ N, 76° 38.594′ W. Marker is near Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in Derry Township. Marker is on West Mansion Road. Between US Rt. 422 and Derry Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E Mansion Rd, Hershey PA 17033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Derry Session House and Enclosure (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Derry Church (about 700 feet away); Hershey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Derry Churchyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hershey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wildlife Habitat Enhancement (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hershey.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. More on Milton S. Hershey and his birthplace.
 
Derry Church School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
2. Derry Church School
Milton S. Hershey's home High Point image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
3. Milton S. Hershey's home High Point
You may get a much better view of the mansion by viewing it on MSN maps in Bird's Eye View.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,129 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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