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“Amazing history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Founder's Hall at the Milton Hershey School

Founder's Hall at the Milton Hershey School
1201 Homestead Lane, Hershey, PA 17033-0830
717 520-2000
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Ranked #5 of 19 attractions in Hershey
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Amazing history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Every wonder about all the homes you drive past near Founder's Hall? or the big castle looking structure on the hill behind the Hotel Hershey? Founder's Hall is your place to stop if you are interested in the history of the School and the legend and legacy of the Hershey Trust. Milton Hershey was an amazing individual who gave of himself to his company and community. He left his entire fortune to the school which continues to thrive today with students from all over the country from low income and social status. The structure and architecture of the building is beautiful. When you enter, go to the information desk where someone there will guide through various points in the building and provide a history of what functions occur at the school. Our guide was a former graduate of the school from 1957, an orphaned boy, who returned to the school and foundation to give his time and love back to the people of Hershey. You will learn of the early days of the school through a short video, as well as current facilities, students and host parenting, and activites through other short videos around the rotunda. This is an awe inspiring look into the history of Hershey.

Visited December 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Opulent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Milton Hershey School has the second largest endowment in the United States, after Harvard. Come and see the fruits of this money in this local landmark, Founders Hall, in all its glory. Ask somebody at Milton Hershey to explore the whole school if you can. This is a wonderful school that is funded by a fraction of each Hershey chocolate product that you consume.
I used to volunteer here.

Visited June 2012
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Middletown, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Worth the Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Excellent facility for grand events! Beautifully conceived. An absolute must stop for visitors to the Hershey area.

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“Incredible Multi-Purpose Room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Founders hall is the jewel of the Hershey School and is a symbol of the incredible legacy Milton Hershey left behind. This large auditorium is open to the public and is used by all the students as a gathering place,a theatre, and a place to congregate. It has the second largest unsupported rotunda in the world and beautiful marble detailing throughout the building. It even has a changing exhibit of Mr. Hershey's home furnishings and a hall of fame area for famous Hershey alumnus. If you enjoy architecture, or learning about Hershey history, or just checking out cool places, then take 30 minutes to visit Founders Hall.

Visited November 2012
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“Amazing what Milton Hershey and his wife have done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Everything about this school is amazing -- the vision, opportunities, homes, grounds, results -- WOW! Milton and his wife have changed thousands of lives with their dream. The logistics of feeding, clothing, educating, counseling, and caring for the 1000+ students in this environment are mind-boggling.

In terms of an "attraction" I wouldn't say this is the greatest thing you'll do in Hershey, but in terms of inspiring you and appreciating what Milton and his wife have accomplished -- this is an amazing story. Watch some of the videos in Founder's Hall and get ready to be amazed at their generosity and foresight.

Visited September 2012
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