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Hesston was once called Grafton & New Pleasant Grove. The village was built on land originally owned by Jacob Fink and John Peghtal. The first home was built on May 26, 1869 by Andrew Grove on May 26, 1869. He then gave it the name New Pleasant Grove. Mr. Grove then went on to build a railroad station, an express office, and post office. In 1885, Robert Hare Powell & Company built a tract to join their quarries in Grafton, to the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad. They needed to ship limestone to their furnace 24 miles away in Saxton. Over time, the village expanded and gained a church, store, tannery, wagon-shop, harness-shop, blacksmith, steam flouring mill, tavern, and shoe shop. The HBT ceased operation on March 31, 1954. Many of the area homes were lost to eminent domain with the building of the Raystown Lake Dam in the 1970’s. There were also more than 400 graves relocated with the building of the dam. The present-day post office is located in the former general store.


Located in Hesston, nestled along the central region of Raystown Lake, is Seven Pointsrecreational area and resort. The visitor’s center is located at the entrance. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a multitude of things to do at the Seven Points campground and marina. Boat rentals are a favorite, along with camping, hiking, swimming, and enjoying a picnic meal. Mountain biking enthusiasts can enjoy the nationally ranked Allegrippis Trails or take advantage of the Raystown Lake Mountain Bike Skills Park. If a quiet walk in nature is more to your liking, you can enjoy hiking the Old Logger trail.

No matter what your interest, you will find something enjoyable to do during your time in Hesston. So, if you’re looking to buy a vacation home or make lake-life a permanent lifestyle, this might just be the area for you!


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