Our Story

Inception

Historic Acres of Hershey has been the gathering place of many weddings and events since its inception in 2014. We’d like to share a little insight on how our venue came to be…

In 2014, two entrepreneurs, Kevin Freedman and Paul Hetrick, came together to start the process of opening a wedding and event venue. They recognized the need in Central PA for a special place that offers both rustic and elegant appeal.

The property was originally a working farm, dating as far back as the early 1900’s. It has changed hands several times over the last century. Most recently, the previous owner resided in the Farmhouse and ran a very successful antique co-op out of the Barn. The village-like feel that surrounds the venue today was the vision of the previous owner, which has been incorporated into the aesthetic of Historic Acres.

Many of the structures from the original farm still exist today. The Barn, Corn Crib, Coop, and Farmhouse have all be updated and transformed into exquisite event spaces. When the current owners came upon this property, they knew this was the place that would help make dreams come true, but it would take a lot of work and vision to bring it to fruition. All of 2014 was spent renovating the property. An old building foundation, left unfinished, was turned into a fire pit. The Farmhouse was turned into a beautiful space with a bridal suite, two guest bedrooms, and a lower level lounge area for grooms and their groomsmen. The patio was cleared, and sidewalks were added throughout the property to connect all buildings.

We began hosting a few weddings that year, both in the Coop and the Farmhouse. There was even a big tent wedding! In May of 2015, the Pavilion came to life, with its expansive glass doors, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, and larger than life chandeliers. A colorful, extensive, picturesque landscape also envelopes the property to complete the transformation.

Since then, we have been continuously updating the property, with both functional and cosmetic enhancements.

  • In 2016, renovations were completed on our Barn, creating additional event space, including an option for indoor ceremonies.
  • 2017 brought a change to our outdoor ceremony space: we excavated the site and regraded the area to allow better water drainage, which helps to keep the area dry after rain.
  • In 2018, the brick sidewalk leading to the Farmhouse, as well as the wooden steps, needed some TLC, and we made that happen. A brick patio was added to the pergola in late fall.
  • In 2019, large evergreen trees were added to the property to help block the parking lot from view.
  • Finally, in early 2020, we replaced the brick patio with lovely gray flagstone and added a new stone wall, overhauling the space. Bistro lights across the entire patio are an additional option for your event. This massive project updated the center courtyard into a more elegant and functional space.

We continue to update and improve the venue and property, as we strive to make it aesthetically pleasing and functional for all types of events and celebrations!

Book a Historic Anniversary Party Venue in Hershey

An anniversary party is a great way to celebrate 25, 30, 40 and even 50 years of being married and in love. All anniversaries are huge milestones that should be celebrated with the ones that you are close to.

Planning a wedding anniversary party can come with a large list of to-dos, from where to have the party, the theme, who to have or not have on the guest list, and making sure it all fits within your budget. It can all be very stressful.

We can help!

Historic Acres offers a budget-friendly anniversary party venue, with tons of space options to choose from. In addition to helping ease the use of your budget, Historic Acres will help the party be just as beautiful as the wedding day. Whether you need a large party area or something smaller and more intimate, we have picturesque spaces to accommodate all.

If you’re still worried about the rest of the planning, our team can help you there, too. With decades of experience, our team has built connections with many local Hershey party vendors, and we can put you in contact with catering, beverage, and even entertainment vendors in Hershey.


We’re confident that we’re one of the best venues for anniversary parties.

We hope that we can help bring your anniversary party to life by providing a beautiful venue for you and all your guests to love! If you’re looking for more help planning an anniversary party, check out tips and ideas from one of our event coordinators below!

Wooden chairs and Tables adorned with white tablecloths and blue napkins for a special event.

Anniversary Party Ideas & Tips for You.

Date & Time to Determine the Location & Venue

In most cases, you’ll want to choose a date that is around the couple’s actual wedding anniversary date. We recommend trying to set down a date a few months in advance, for a few reasons. First, it allows those guests coming in from out of town to plan travel arrangements accordingly. Second, the sooner you begin to plan, the more likely a wedding anniversary party venue is available on or around your preferred date.

Consider an Anniversary Party Theme

While this step is not entirely necessary, it is fun to give something to help plan the rest of the party around. Whether you want to celebrate the decade the couple got married in, host a faux-black-tie event, or do something different like a luau, having an idea for your anniversary party theme will make planning the other steps easier.

Send Out Invitations

For a larger, more formal event, we’d recommend sending out paper invites to stress the importance and formality. If you’re having a smaller event, phone calls and digital invites will do the trick. Regardless of how you’re sending them, be sure your invites include date & times, dress code, location, and whether or not the couple has a gift registry (or even wants gifts at all).

Determine Catering Options After RSVPs

Once you have an idea of how many people will be attending, catering options for food and drink become easier to plan. Finding a caterer is much easier with our connections, and then you can begin to plan the menu. Also, remember to take people’s dietary restrictions into account.

Use Decoration Ideas from the Original Wedding or Time Era

Using the same color scheme as the couple’s wedding is a very nice touch. This can be used for the cake and decorations. Depending upon what anniversary it is, you can look into what the color, traditional gift, and flowers are. Other ideas for decorations include displaying the bride’s wedding dress and a slideshow of photos from the day. If you have chosen a theme, be sure to check out DIY options for decorations on sites like Pinterest.

Optional: Schedule Entertainment & Book A Photographer

Having a DJ or live band is completely optional but will keep people enjoying themselves for hours on end. A nice touch is to make sure the DJ or band knows some of the couple’s favorite songs and songs played on their wedding day.

While the photographer is also optional, having moments captured in time by a professional will always be a nice touch. This also allows everyone attending the party to be focused on celebrating instead of worrying about having to take photos or videos.

Ready To Plan Your Event?

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