quaint little graveyard can be found about 1½ mile south
of Hershey on Bachmanville
Road. Its location is documented
on the map of Derry Township in the Dauphin
County Historical Atlas
of 1875, p. 69. There
it is recorded as the Hershey Church Cemetery.
The neatly ordered rows contain a mix of relatively new and very
old headstones. The oldest grave is that of Abraham Hershey, son
of Isaac and Mary Hershey, who died in 1845.
Milton S. Hershey's father, Henry,
was originally buried here and a large family monument marking
the original grave still stands. On October
12, 1920, Milton Hershey arranged
for his father's body to be moved to the family plot in the Hershey
This cemetery is adjacent to the Hershey Reformed Mennonite Church
and was established about 1845. It was in this church that members
of the Hershey family preached through the 19th century.
cemetery is believed to be owned by the Reformed Mennonite Church
and is also known as the Old Hershey Meeting House Cemetery,
the Hershey Church Cemetery,
and the Bachmanville Road Cemetery.
The graveyard was recorded in 1995 and about 200 stones remain
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Derry Township cemeteries plus others that are closely associated
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