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The Capitol region of Pennsylvania encompasses the towns of Hershey, Carlisle, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg. Harrisburg is the capitol of Pennsylvania. This region, like others on the East Coast, reflects the history of early American wars, Native American civilizations and Puritan settlements. Gettysburg is the site of a decisive civil war battle and Lancaster County harbors the Amish, who practice an ascetic way of life.
Native Americans lived in the area for 8000 years before European settlers. French and Swedish explorers entered the Capitol region in the 1600's. Hershey largely remains a small, American farming town. It has only 21,000 permanent residents and continues the legacy of
, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Milton Hershey's generosity to his former workers has nurtured an equally generous and sincere community. The National Civic League twice selected nearby Harrisburg as on All American City.
Hershey offers quaint shops, a
, and a huge
. Visitors can find both a relaxing and action-packed vacation destination in Hershey. Residents call it the sweetest place on Earth not just for the smell of milk chocolate in the air, but for the welcoming people who inhabit Hershey. Hershey Park Amusement is only an entrance to the town's rich cultural, historical, and leisure offerings.