There is an old saying that once we have left home and return later in life, it is not our hometown we miss, it our youth!
In 1951 Jay and Ruth Musser purchased a large Victorian home at 214
Marietta Avenue, Mount Joy, PA from the estate of the late Dr. &
Mrs. Oliver G. Longenecker. Over the next 40 years the Mussers raised
four children in this home. Jay was the Vice President and head chemist
for the Kline Chocolate Company in Elzabethtown, Pa. (now the M&M
Mars plant). With the children all grown and Mr. Mussers passing, the
home was too large for Mrs. Musser. She sold the home and moved to a
retirement home in the Hershey area.
After two intermediate owners, Doris and Burt Tyson purchased this
intact and private Victorian home in 1997 to turn it into a Bed and
Breakfast and also have it as their own home. And so, in June of 1998 it
became "The Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast".
Fast forward to 2010. Early in the year Doris received a phone call from
Sue (Musser) Miller. She said that her mother Ruth Musser was going to
be 90 years old on August 31st, 2010. She was inquiring about the
possibility of renting the entire “Victorian Rose” for the weekend of
August 27th, to have a family reunion for Mrs. Musser's birthday. Over
the next several months Doris and Sue worked out the details and
confirmed the date for Saturday August 28th. The family arrived Saturday
afternoon and set up for an outdoor meal on the large porch. They
grilled large steaks and had a large assortment of food and beverages.
In the evening, for several hours they showed slides of their youth and
growing up here. They shared with us some of their deeds and misdeeds.
When they left on Sunday, including Mrs. Musser, they all were ecstatic
with the opportunity that most of us will never have, and that is, for
even a short period of time they were able to reclaim their youth!
Mrs. Ruth Musser & gentleman friend.
Sue (Musser) Miller and spouse.
Charles “Chuck “ Musser and spouse.
James “Jim” Musser and spouse.
Janet (Musser) Allen and spouse.
Family friend of the Musser girls
Submitted by Doris L Tyson, "The Victorian Rose"