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30 fun facts about U.S. Presidents that connect to popular attraction in HH Region

Published: Jan 30, 2013

30 fun facts on U.S. Presidents and the connection today with the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

Harrisburg, PA – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) recently created a list on Foursquare of 30 popular regional attractions that have Presidential connections. Presidents from George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt to President Barack Obama are featured on this list of fun facts that the bureau created to celebrate the upcoming Presidents Day in February.

Foursquare users are encouraged to follow the list and share it with their friends and family over Facebook and Twitter as the President’s Day approaches. Those not on Foursquare are still able to access the list to learn about the Presidential facts and their connections to the region.

Fun facts that you can learn about Presidents, new and old, as you explore the Foursquare page include:

• Hershey’s Chocolate World - U.S. President George Washington (#1) loved chocolate, perhaps that's how he got his wooden teeth. The average American eats 11.7 lbs. of chocolate a year. Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction can learn even more about America’s favorite confection on a free chocolate tour at the most visited corporate visitors center in the world.

 Fenicci’s of Hershey - U.S. President James Garfield (#20) loved lasagna so much it was rumored he ate 5 tons during his short 6-month tenure before his assassination in 1881. Today, guests dining at Fenicci’s of Hershey, the oldest restaurant in Hershey, PA, can enjoy homemade lasagna made from the original recipe handed down since 1935.

• Pennsylvania State Capitol Building - When U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (#26) attended the dedication of Pennsylvania’s capitol building on October 4, 1906, he said, “This is the handsomest building I ever saw." Visitors today can take a free tour to see exactly why this complex in Harrisburg, PA is often called a “Palace of Art” by architects and travel writers. 

• Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) – U.S. Vice President James S. Sherman (#27 – under President Taft) was the first VP to fly in a plane in 1911. Today America’s VP plane known as “Air Force Two” frequents the tarmac at HIA for test maneuvers. Visitors arriving at this mid-sized airport today find this a convenient hub to access area attractions in Hershey and Harrisburg and other destinations throughout the entire Central PA region.

• Antique Automobile Club of America Museum (AACA) – U.S. President Warren Harding (#29) was the first President to ride in an automobile, a Packard Twin-Six, for his inauguration in 1921. Visitors can see Packards and other classic automobiles permanently on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey.

 Troegs Brewing Company - U.S. President, Barack Obama (#44) was the first American President to brew beer in the White House. Visitors to the new Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA are able to observe the brewing process firsthand on a close-up self-guided tour of this working production brewery.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110