Gardners, Pennsylvania

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Gardners, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Nickname(s): Hunters Run
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°00′20″N 77°12′25″W / 40.00556°N 77.20694°W / 40.00556; -77.20694Coordinates: 40°00′20″N 77°12′25″W / 40.00556°N 77.20694°W / 40.00556; -77.20694
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Adams and Cumberland
Township Tyrone and Dickinson
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 866 ft (264 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 150
 • Density 325/sq mi (125.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17324
Area code(s) 717
GNIS feature ID 1175444[1]
FIPS Code 42-28488
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Gardners is an unincorporated community in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA, and a census-designated place that includes portions of Adams and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania, USA. The village of Gardners is located off Pennsylvania Route 34, in Tyrone Township, in northern Adams County. As of the 2010 census the population of the village of Gardners was 150.[2] The zip code for the United States Post Office in the village of Gardners is 17324. This zip code covers surrounding villages and areas in Adams and Cumberland Counties, including Goodyear, Hunter's Run, Idaville, Pine Grove Furnace State Park,and Uriah.

History[edit]

The village of Gardners was originally known as Gardner's Station. In the 1886 it was described as "a modern railroad town on the Gettysburg & Harrisburg Railroad" and a "shipping point for the southern settlements of Huntington and Tyrone Townships".[3] In the intervening years, the rail line was operated by the Reading Railroad and Penn Central Railroad, and currently is operated by the Gettysburg and Northern Railroad. The surrounding area is known for its apple and other fruit orchards.

In 1912 a food processing plant was built in Gardners by C.H. Musselman as a second processing plant for the Musselman Company, which he started in Biglerville in 1907. The Gardners plant began processing apples in the fall of 1913. During World War I the plants at Biglerville and Gardners managed to maintain a steady flow of canned fruit despite labor, fuel and transportation shortages. During the 1960s, the company became part of the Pet Milk Company, which subsequently changed its name to Pet, Inc. In 1978 the company was acquired by IC Industries (ICI) and in 1981 ICI sold off the Musselman division to private owners from Vineland, New Jersey. They sold Musselman's to its currently owners, Knouse Foods, a growers' cooperative, in 1984. Today this 148,183 sq.ft. plant covering 471 acres employs approximately 150 who pack apple juice and apple sauce in a variety of sizes under the Lucky Leaf and Musselman labels.[1]

Zeigler Bros. Inc., which was founded in 1935 as a local producer of poultry and livestock feeds, operates a manufacturing facility and maintains its headquarters in the village of Gardners. The company develops and manufactures over 300 products and exports to over 50 countries around the world. In addition to its facilities in Gardners, the company has another manufacturing faciilty in south-central Pennsylvania and two franchises located in Mexico.[2] In the 1960s, there was a major fire that destroyed the feed mill in Gardners.

Education[edit]

Residents of the village of Gardners and in some of the surrounding area may attend the local, public elementary school in Bendersville and middle and high schools in Biglerville, which are operated by the Upper Adams School District. Appropriately, the student nickname is the "Canners". Residents in the surrounding areas that are outside of the Upper Adams School Districts are within the following school districts: Bermudian Springs School District, South Middleton School District and Carlisle Area School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gardners, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Gardners CDP, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania, reproduced by Unigraphic, Inc. in 1974. Warner, Beers & Co. 1886. pp. Part 3, page 344.