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The Hershey Cemetery is located one mile north of Hershey and situated on a high elevation overlooking the beautiful Lebanon Valley to the south. It overlooks the Swatara Creek basin 200 feet below to the north and the town of Hershey can be seen to the south. The Hershey Cemetery can be accessed from Laudermilch Road (State Route 743) just north of Hershey Park. The Hershey Trust Company is the owner of the cemetery and provides excellent care of the grounds.

When Milton Hershey's wife, Catherine, died March 25, 1915, she was buried in the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. In April of 1919, Milton Hershey had Catherine's body brought from Philadelphia and re-interred in the family plot that later was expanded to became the Hershey Cemetery.

When Milton 's mother, Fanny, died on March 11, 1920, she was buried directly in the Hershey section of the cemetery. And on October 12, 1920, Hershey arranged for his father's body to be brought from the Hershey Reformed Mennonite Cemetery on Bachmanville Road to the family plot in the Hershey Cemetery. A Hershey monument remains in the cemetery on Bachmanville Road although Henry Hershey is no longer buried there.

In a deed dated July 31, 1923, Milton Hershey officially donated the property to the cemetery, thus providing for the people of his town, a final and picturesque resting place. The Hershey Trust Company provided the Society with a printed copy of names, plot numbers, and burial dates for the cemetery, increasing the accuracy of the record produced. For more information about the Hershey Cemetery, visit:


Volunteers were then able to verify names, record birth dates, death dates, maiden names for some of the women, military information for some of the men, and family relationships for many individuals. A few of the burials recorded in the log were not found indicating that perhaps a stone was not placed on the grave.

When volunteers recorded the cemetery in 1999, the listing included over 3600 burials. 

We would be happy to conduct a cemetery search or do more extensive research for you.  The cemetery search would include all Derry Township cemeteries plus others that are closely associated with our township.  Most of the names in our cemetery database are not available elsewhere on the Internet.  The cost is $5 per surname and you may supply up to three alternate spellings (total of four).  If you find your ancestors in the list below and require additional information, please contact us

For more thorough research, please request a copy of our research policy.   In addition, our obituary list and our name index of “lost and found” ancestors may be of interest to you.  Please check our main library page for these and other links, as we continue to update our information on line.


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