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Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Lebanon Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | 1955, bldg. older
Township: West Cornwall Twp. | Watersource: Non water-powered

Official Website: www.markhersheyfarms.com/


Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/07/2006

Mark Hershey bought this farm in the 1930's with the intended use of raising chickens to sell. In 1955 he started grinding his own feed at a savings of 15%. He soon started selling his feed, the business grew and in 1960, he started using soybeans in his feed.

Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey, 07/07/2006 of an earlier photo

A fairly recent aerial photo of the whole milling complex. The Hershey Farms Mill is only about a mile west of Beck Creek, but since it was initially a dairy farm barn, it has never been water-powered.

Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/07/2006

In 1966 a fire destroyed his mill; however, he rebuilt the mill and continued operations. In 1987 he put in a bigger Raush roller mill.

Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey, 07/07/2006 of an earlier photo

A photo from the early 1950's, perhaps even before Mark Hershey started to grind feed, showing the farm layout with the bank barn, later to become the early, main, mill structure.

Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/07/2006

The old, original farmhouse at the Mark Hershey Farms Mill.

Mark Hershey Farms Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/07/2006

Mr. Hershey died in 1998. The business is still getting bigger today, continuing operations using electricity, and operated by family members.

"But the Lord created the stars and put them in place. He turns the darkness to dawn and daylight to darkness; he scoops up the ocean and empties it on the earth."
(Amos 5:8 CEV)
Directions: Located in the NW corner of West Cornwall Twp. at the NW corner of the junction of Sh 322/Horseshoe Pike & Sh 241/Colebrook Road.
 
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