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“Worth stopping by, nice place for walking as well”

Founder's Hall at the Milton Hershey School
Ranked #15 of 36 things to do in Hershey
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

I am a graduate of the Milton Hershey School. I know every inch of Founders Hall. It is a beautiful structure that is a landmark in the area. It is a beautiful marble building. Directly across is the Memorial Grove with a nice little pond. You can walk all through the paths in there and it is very relaxing. So, really, it is a short stop you can make if you are travelling and want a spot to stretch your legs, find a clean restroom, and get some history about the Milton Hersehy School.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Founder’s Hall is the 2nd largest free-standing rotunda in the world, second only to St. Peter’s Basilica. It had a majestic stature both outside and inside. It’s constructed of marble and has an aristocratic feel upon entering. There’s a mosaic medallion that depicts different aspects of Milton Hershey’s life. There’s also a bronze statue of Mr. Hershey, and state flags representing the geographic areas of the students who attend the school. The chapel/auditorium is equally as impressive.
The tour guide, Nancy, did an outstanding job. She presented an array of interesting facts of this humble and revered philanthropist, who started this school for economically and socially deprived children.
It was my favorite attraction in the Hershey area. I learned more about the history of the legend behind the town, chocolate factory, park, and school than at any other place we visited in town.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We wandered in, just wanting to look at the domed room and were greeted so graciously by a volunteer who gave us a very personalized tour. It was chock full of history and went to the current times. So interesting to learn about this amazing legacy of Milton Hershey and all the lives it has transformed. A really wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

1  Thank PhillyWanderers
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This school is an amazing and a well thought out and time proven endeavor. Milton Hershey has changed generations through his vision, strategy and giving.

2  Thank Ray D
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

If not for the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Hershey, our son would not be a freshman at Temple University today. When our kids were accepted to MHS in 2006 we felt it was our duty to learn all we could about The Hersheys. Founders Hall is a great place to start. The Dearden House/Purcell Friendship Hall is another (off route 743/Fishburn Rd.) It shows you how the boys lived AND worked "back in the day"! There's also a beautiful garden there with all the names, engraved on the stone wall, of the thousands of kids who were helped through the generosity of one man and of course his awesome wife! After all, "IT WAS KITTY'S IDEA!" The school and quite frankly the whole town is testament to what one person's hard work, perseverance and immense generosity can accomplish!

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