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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Milton S. Hershey Statue, Water Fountain and Historical Marker

Milton S. Hershey Statue, Water Fountain and Historical Marker
The Milton S. Hershey Statue, Water Fountain and Historical Marker are located within Hersheypark, the amusement and entertainment park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Milton S. Hershey bronze statue sits in the middle of the water fountain and really resembles his likeness. When you're visiting Hershey, you'll see all kinds of attractions, photographs, etc. that are dedicated to him.

Visitors to Hersheypark enjoy having their photographs taken while standing in front of the water fountain and many of them toss pennies into the water to make their wish. On the day that we were there...we actually saw a couple get engaged in front of the fountain! From what we were told...both were employees of the park and had met there. I had a difficult time getting a decent photographs due to the crowd of people and the shading of light.
Milton S. Hershey Historical Marker at Hersheypark in Hershey Pennsylvania

The historical marker located at the water fountain is inscribed with the following information:

Milton S. Hershey founded the world famous Hershey's Chocolate Company in 1903 and built a town around it for his employees, complete with homes, schools, and cultural and recreational opportunities. In 1907, Milton S.Hershey founded HERSHEYPARK as a "picnic and pleasure ground" for his workers. Over the years the park has grown into a world-class theme park, proudly maintaining and honoring the vision of its founder. Milton and his wife, Catherine, founded a school for orphan boys in 1909. Today, the Milton S. Hershey School provides an education and a home to disadvantaged children.

If you're unfamiliar with the life of Milton S. Hershey and would like to learn more about him and the town of Hershey, I would recommend that you first visit The Hershey Story Museum and then follow that up with a visit to Hershey Chocolate World. Both will give you a good idea on how this man lived his life, the things he believed in, his career and how the town of Hershey came to be.

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