Cherry Crest Through Time
Cherry Crest Through Time
Take a look at Cherry Crest through time!
1712 – The Marie Ferree family arrives in the Pequea Valley, after escaping religious persecution in France. They settle in the area that is now Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and the surrounding land.
1774 – Cornelius Ferree builds the limestone house that now serves as the Cherry Crest office and home for the owners.
1987 – Jack & Donna Coleman move their family from Lambertville, NJ to Ronks, PA. They purchase Cherry Crest Farm and begin dairy farming.
1993 – The first corn maze in the world is created by Don Franz and Adrian Fisher at Lebanon Valley College.
1995 – The second corn maze is created by Don Franz and Adrian Fisher in Shippensburg, PA. The Colemans see an article about the corn maze in a farming magazine, and decide to give agri-tainment a try.
1996 – The Colemans collaborate with Don Franz and the Amazing Maize Company to create their first maze. The Locomotive Labyrinth opened on August 2nd.
1997 – Cherry Crest Farm contracts with Tyson and begins raising broilers.
1998 – The staff at Cherry Crest creates an enormous rainbow from over 27,000 flowers, stretching 1000 feet long, for the “Noah’s Ark” maze.
1999 – Cherry Crest holds its first flashlight mazes, for one weekend in October.
2001 – The Barnyard debuts across the railroad tracks, with more attractions for guests to enjoy!
2003 – Due to the high cost of milk production, the dairy herd is sold.
2004 – Cherry Crest starts making its very own fudge–Lancaster County’s best! The shop used to sell fudge exclusively won’t be built til 2006.
2005 – We start selling our freshly squeezed lemonade at its own stand up in the Barnyard, across the railroad tracks.
2006 – We hold the first Sweet Corn Festival and Potato Festival.
2008 – The agri-tainment portion of the farm becomes Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. The crop farming portion of the farm and chicken houses remain under Cherry Crest Farm.
2009 – Cherry Crest collaborates with the Pennsylvania Dutch Visitor’s Bureau to recreate the state of Pennsylvania (to scale) in the maze paths, for ”Visit PA all in One Day!”
2010 – Our mascot Corny is unveiled to coincide with our 15th year celebration. The first Pumpkin Madness Festival is held on the last day of the season.
2011 – Our fudge operation moves to the newly renovated Sweet Shop, and we begin selling our delicious cider donuts in the old fudge shop.
2012 – The first Ministry Fair (Family Fun Day) is held. We build a new Farm Animal Center and Discovery Barn, with many interactive and hands-on displays. Plus, you can now catch our daily Butter Making demonstrations out back on the Discovery Barn Stage.
2015 – Cherry Crest celebrates 20 years in the agri-tainment business! Our Country Pig Races make their debut in the spring.
2018 – Today, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has grown to more than 15 acres and over 50 Farm Fun activities for the whole family!