Our History

The Shack is located on a property rich in history.  In the 1700’s it was the site where Indian tribes would gather for games and mystic religious rites.  A very large Powwow was held here in 1757. The meeting lasted for over a week.

During the years of 1853-1855, the historic Plank Road between Manheim and Lancaster was constructed. This allowed visitors to access the property.  It became popular place to come and enjoy the beautiful trees, cool shade and the purest water of the spring.


In 1869 Abram K Kauffman gifted the property, which included three acres of woods and the well known spring to the Borough, desiring to provide the community with a public grove and park.  In the years that followed the property became well known, historic, Kauffman’s Park.  

In the early 1900’s the trolley traveled through the park, going from Manheim to Lancaster.  That path is still visible in the park.  The trolley has now been restored and is located at the Manheim Historical Society Train Station.  

In 1989 the Borough leased Kauffman’s Park to Kenny Shank and he converted the property into the Caddy Shack, a miniature golf course and restaurant.  We purchased the business in 2017 and renamed it The Shack Restaurant & Mini Golf.

We hope you enjoy your visit here with family and friends as you unplug and take a step back in time.  Try some of our famous broasted chicken and locally made hand dipped ice cream. Make sure you save some time to take a spin on the original Merry-Go-Round built in the 1950’s.

Lisa & Ray Alcala