Hershey Trees

In 2021 we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Hershey Trees in Downingtown. The Legacy of John Hershey and the Hershey Trees have become famous throughout Downingtown, and across the country.

For the Centenial Celebration, several Downingtown entities including Restore Our Roots, the Downingtown Tree Commission, North American Land Trust and Downingtown Friends Meeting, among others, banded together to throw a celebration of these culturally important trees. A foraging cookbook was developed with recipes carefully crafted around Hershey’s fruit and nut trees, with a few other wild edibles and local Chester County artists provided bontantical illustrations to create a one-of-a-kind foraging and cooking experience.

Honey Locust Pods
Honey Locust Snickerdoodles
American Persimmon

To learn more about John Hershey through the following links.

Save America’s Nut Heritage (1927)

Acorns-the Mountain Corn Crop (1949)

John W. Hershey, His Life, His Work

The (Very Gentle) Fight to Save a Downingtown “Food Forest”

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