Defined by Family, Wellness, and Culture
What is Allenberry?
Historic Allenberry Resort, on the Yellow Breeches Creek, is an authentic American destination recently renovated from the ground up. The Allenberry spirit connects guests, residents, and team members through inclusion and a deep appreciation for shared values. We treasure agriculture, enthusiasm for the outdoors, arts, and adventure. What’s your story, and how may we help you push further into your next chapter?
–Mike Kennedy, Owner
The Kennedy Family
Owner, Mike Kennedy, first experienced Allenberry Resort at a very young age during memorable swimming trips with his family. Though still young, Kennedy realized what Allenberry meant to the surrounding Cumberland County and never forgot the property’s unique scenery as he grew older. After finding success with his company, TRAC, Mike purchased Allenberry, hoping to elevate the property that once provided the spirited memories of his family swimming trips.
Mike’s wife and proprietress, Katie, taught 5th grade at a school in Harrisburg before becoming a stay-at-home mom with the birth of their first child, Michael. She always loved to host her family and friends, so much that she and Mike began a wedding venue named Kennedy Family Farm, where they continued to impart their sense of family to those who hosted their weddings at the farm.
When Allenberry went up for sale in 2015, Mike and Katie fell in love with its potential, enthusiastically sharing their vision for every facet of the resort on their tour. They had no choice but to purchase the important Cumberland Valley landmark.
Today is only the beginning of what’s in store for Allenberry, as the Kennedys continue to build the resort into a prominent wellness, cultural, and adventure destination in the Northeast U.S. and eventually, the entire nation. Within the next couple of years, our community through the Porches of Allenberry, new wellness programs and workshops from respected nationally-renowned speakers, and a wide range of enriching culinary and cultural events for our guests to experience at the resort, all while remaining a home away from home for our guests and extended family members
The History of Allenberry Resort
Allenberry was originally founded by relatives of Davy Crockett back in the late 1700s. Today, limestone constructions from the Crockett ownership carry on the legacy of Allenberry’s origins. George Beltzhoover purchased the property in the 1800s and further developed the land into agricultural prosperity, constructing two more limestone mainstays- the Mansion, and the Fairfield Hall.
In 1928, Lewis and Horace Sadler expanded Fairfield Hall and repurposed the Mansion for summer entertainment, while still preserving Allenberry’s pastoral heritage.
In 1944, Horace Sadler sold the estate to Charles A. B. Heinze who, upon acquiring the property, wrote, “When I saw this gem, it was too good to keep from the public.” Heinze expanded the entertainment aspects even further over his 72-year ownership, building the historic Playhouse in 1949, further expanding Fairfield Hall, and constructing the 1798 Terrace.
Now, a new era begins. Shepherded forward by new ownership and drastic renovations from the Kennedy family, Allenberry continues to expand its cultural, agricultural, artistic, wellness, and outdoor enthusiast offerings to the community far and wide.