(MAP) 852 Front Street, hershey Pa. 17033
*** 2001 Preservation Award Winner ***
Receiving the Derry Township Historical Society's 5th Annual Preservation Award (September 2001), is the Patrick/Ebersole House at 852 Front Street. In 1909 Robinson and Emma Patrick had a two-story frame dwelling built on a hill one mile north of Derry Church overlooking the new town of Hershey. It combined Pennsylvania farm house and Victorian style architecture with Gingerbread, a wrap-around porch, five gables, shutters, full attic, deep cellar, banisters, and painted in traditional Victorian colors.
Because the house had been designed for two families, there were two front doors, two inside stairways and six doors in the living room. The house's original clapboard is still intact with only minor changes made on the outside structure when in the 1920's the open back porch was enclosed with many glass panes to make it a sunroom.
When Robinson Patrick died in 1919 it became the Ebersole house when daughter Mary and her husband Benjamin Witmer Stauffer Ebersole, who had been sharing the house with the Patrick parents, purchased the property.
After the death of B.W.S. Ebersole in 1939 his widow Mary became the sole owner until her death in 1975 when her youngest son Benjamin Paul and his wife Shirley purchased the property and remain the present owners. The house on Pat's Hill has been the Ebersole family house for eighty of the ninety years that it has been part of the Deny Township, Hershey scene.