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
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.
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.
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
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.
volunteers recorded the cemetery in 1999, the listing included
over 3600 burials.
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
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addition, our obituary
list and our name index of “lost and
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to update our information on line.