The Story Behind The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio in Hershey's Chocolatetown
Timeline Wall in New Restaurant Honors Mr. Hershey's Community Contributions
Milton S. Hershey was a businessman, a builder, and a philanthropist, but first, he was a Chocolatier with a big idea.
Mr. Hershey dreamed of making chocolate a luxury that could be afforded by everyone. In pursuit of that vision, he created a beautiful town for his employees that caught the nation’s attention. Hershey, Pennsylvania was filled with a modern chocolate factory, homes, schools, businesses, and 150 acres of community leisure grounds that would later evolve into a premier family theme park. Hersheypark welcomes guests from around the world to experience Hersheypark Happy.
In July 2020, Hersheypark debuted Hershey's Chocolatetown, a $150 million expansion representing the largest capital investment and most transformative expansion in our company's history. This year, Hersheypark completes the place Where Fun Meets Chocolate with the opening of three new culinary experiences including The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio on May 29, 2021.
The Chocolatier is an all-new, full-service restaurant, bar, and patio that celebrates the life and legacy of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, by continuing to bring people together for happiness, fun, and of course, chocolate. A timeline wall in the restaurant showcases the lasting impact that The Chocolatier himself made in the community he loved.
Read on to learn more about Mr. Hershey's contributions to The Sweetest Place On Earth.
1826 - The Homestead
The Homestead is the birthplace of Milton S. Hershey on September 13, 1857, and where he would perfect his famous milk chocolate formula. In 1910, The Homestead also served as the first school building and residence for the boys of the Hershey Industrial School, now Milton Hershey School.
1886 - Lancaster Caramel Company
Lancaster Caramel Company was Milton S. Hershey's third confectionery venture and first taste of success. Hershey's top-of-the-line caramels were manufactured under the Crystal A trademark. The company employed 1,400 workers across 4 factories. In spring 1900, Mr. Hershey sold the business for $1 million in order to pursue chocolate with the belief that "Caramels are a fad, but chocolate is permanent."
1903 - Chocolate & Cocoa Avenues
Hershey's main streets were named Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue in coordination with the construction of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. The four corners created by their intersection formed the town center. Chocolate Avenue is known for its iconic Hershey's Kisses-shaped streetlights.
1905 - Original Hershey Chocolate Factory
Milton S. Hershey made his first fortune with caramels, but he made lasting history with the decision to build a chocolate factory and town in what is known today as Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was here that Mr. Hershey transformed America's confectionery market by making chocolate affordable for everyone. For more than a century, the factory was the heart of the community and an iconic symbol of the company. In 2015, the historic building became home to The Hershey Company's corporate offices.
1906 - Hershey Park
Milton S. Hershey strongly believed that opportunities for recreation would be critical to the success of his model town. He set aside 150 acres of land for a park that would serve as leisure grounds for the community. Hersheypark has grown into a premier family theme park that welcomes guests from around the world to experience Hersheypark Happy all year long.
1908 - High Point
The home of Milton and Catherine Hershey was named to reflect its location on a hill above the chocolate factory. During their lifetime, the Hersheys often invited the community to enjoy High Point's remarkable gardens. The historic building has also served as home to the Hershey Country Club, as well as corporate offices for Hershey Foods Corporation, now The Hershey Company, and Hershey Trust Company.
1909 - Milton Hershey School
Milton and Catherine Hershey founded the school with profits from the chocolate company. Since then, the lives of thousands of children in need have been transformed through a cost-free education and structured home life. Learn more at mhskids.org.
1916 - Central Hershey, Cuba
Milton S. Hershey acquired land in Cuba to help ensure a steady supply of sugar for his chocolate. His Cuban holdings amounted to 60,000 acres, including 5 raw sugar mills, an electric railroad with 251 miles of track, and a model town for his workers. Cuba awarded Mr. Hershey with its highest honor for his generous contributions to the country.
1926 - The First Reese's Plant
The H.B. Reese Candy Company was founded by a former Hershey Chocolate employee. By the mid-1930s, peanut butter cups took off as the most popular product. Each package carried the tagline, "Made in Chocolate Town, So They Must Be Good." The Hershey Company acquired H.B. Reese Candy Company in 1963 and today, Reese's is the best-selling candy brand in the United States.
1930 - Hershey Country Club
The first floor of Milton S. Hershey's High Point home served as the original clubhouse, and the golf courses were designed by world-renowned architects. Noted PGA legends, Henry Picard and Ben Hogan served as head golf professionals. Hershey Country Club hosted the 1940 PGA Championship where Byron Nelson defeated Sam Snead 1 up in the 36-hole final. Because of its rich history, Hershey was considered by some to be the "Golf Capital of America."
1930 - Parkview Manor
Originally constructed as the Hershey Park Golf Course Clubhouse, this historic building has long served the Hershey community. In 1970, Hershey Estates, now Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, coined the name Parkview Manor and renovated the space to serve as one of its corporate offices.
1933 - The Hotel Hershey
To stimulate the local economy during the Great Depression, Milton S. Hershey commissioned a magnificent hotel inspired by his Mediterranean travels. The project employed more than 800 workers. The Hotel Hershey is now known as one of the finest Historic Hotels of America and offers the best views of Hersheypark in town.
1933 - Hershey Community Center
An architectural gem in the heart of Hershey, the Hershey Community Center was home to the town's educational and cultural functions. Inside, the beautiful Hershey Theatre was the star attraction where grand performances and artistic motifs transported patrons to the world of the arts. The Theatre continues the rich tradition of bringing the best of Broadway and live entertainment to Hershey.
1934 - Catherine Hall
Named in honor of Catherine Hershey, the school above Hersheypark was originally constructed as a junior-senior high school. It underwent a number of renovations to meet the growing needs of Milton Hershey School. In 2007, Catherine Hall became the middle school and welcomed students in grades 5-8 for the first time.
1937 - Hershey Gardens
Set on a hill overlooking Hershey, this botanical garden was created at Milton S. Hershey's request to create a "nice garden of roses." Now a dazzling 23 acres, it features colorful theme gardens and a stately collection of specimen trees. The Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory, which opened in 2016, features the tropical Butterfly Atrium.
1939 - Hershey Park Stadium
The Stadium was one of Hershey's major tourist attractions, known for hosting thrilling automobile races, concerts and high-profile events like the Philadelphia Eagles training camp and President Eisenhower's birthday party. Hersheypark Stadium continues to host world-class talent under the stars.
1963 - The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
With a $50 million gift from The M.S. Hershey Foundation, The Pennsylvania State University established a teaching hospital, research center, and medical school in Hershey. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, now part of Penn State Health, continues to be one of the leading teaching hospitals in the nation.
1967- Hershey Lodge
Hershey Lodge originally opened as Hershey Motor Lodge. The demand for overnight accommodations rapidly increased and in response, the family resort expanded to add rooms, restaurants, recreation, and convention space. The deluxe accommodations offered at Hershey Lodge helped the town transition to a major entertainment and leisure destination.
1970 - Founders Hall
Founders Hall is a tribute to Milton and Catherine Hershey and all of the individuals who helped lay the foundation for Milton Hershey School. Visitors to Founders Hall are left with a lasting impression of how the Hersheys' generosity continues to provide for children in need. The illuminated glass rotunda is one of the most iconic elements of the Hershey skyline.
1973 - Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction
Opened to provide visitors with Hershey's-themed confectionery experiences, Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction features a free tour ride that offers a "behind-the-scenes look" at how Hershey's famous milk chocolate is made. Guests can celebrate their love of Hershey's all year long with a collection of chocolate and candy-centric attractions.
1993 - West Hershey Plant
The Hershey Company's main chocolate manufacturing facility is located on the west end of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Following a $300 million expansion in 2012 that nearly doubled its size, the West Hershey Plant is now the company's largest chocolate facility and one of the biggest chocolate plants in the world. The state-of-the-art facility is capable of producing more than 70 million Hershey's Kisses each day.
2009 - The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue
Located in downtown Hershey under the iconic Hershey's Kisses street lights, The Hershey Story takes visitors on an inspirational journey through Milton S. Hershey's lifetime and beyond, a tale spanning more than 150 years of trials and triumphs. Inspired by Mr. Hershey's own candy-making apprenticeship, guests can taste and create all things Hershey.