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Ice Cream Museum & Tours – Utica

Savoring Summer at the Ice Cream Museum

 © Becky Linhardt 2010

 Summertime and ice cream – it’s a natural pairing.  So is a road trip Ye Olde Mill  at Velvet Ice Cream to in Utica, Ohio where the beginning of their big season is celebrated with an Ice Cream Festival on Memorial Day Weekend and fun events happen at the site until the October 31st season end.

May 1st is the official annual opening of Ye Olde Mill, a seasonally operated ice cream museum, restaurant, gift shop and 19th Century-style ice cream parlor housed in a reconstructed grist mill.  The Dagar Family moved the Velvet Ice Cream headquarters to the property just outside of Utica in 1960 and restored the 1817 mill as their headquarters. 

 The modern factory next to the mill produces 6 million gallons of ice cream a year, distributed to markets in Ohio (including Cincinnati), Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.  On weekdays (May 1st – Oct. 23rd) visitors can tour the factory to see how ice cream is made.  Weekend visitors can watch a virtual video in the Ice Cream Museum on the lower level of Ye Olde Mill.  Exhibits contain the story of ice cream from early Roman times to the present.  You can see antique ice cream-making equipment and test your ice cream knowledge with interactive displays.

 Most people would rather test the ice cream so there is an old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.  And, a restaurant too that offers soups and sandwiches.  “More than 150,000 guests visit Ye Olde Mill each year to wander through the museum, relax with their families and, of course indulge in an ice cream sundae or cone,” said Andre Dager, guest relations manager.  “(It’s) a slice of Americana that we love to share.”

 Various musical performances are scheduled on Sunday afternoons and the crowds gather to enjoy an ice cream treat on the sunny patio, in the shade of the entry porch, or in the restaurant where the thick stone foundation walls of the mill keep the ice cream parlor nicely chilled. 

 The Licking River flows nearby through the surrounding 20 acre property that includes shelter houses, shaded picnic grounds, and a special grove of Ohio’s Buckeye Trees.  Fueled by ice cream energy, children unwind on the playground, explore the picnic grounds or indulge in a game of catch with family or friends.  The Mill Pond is a favorite place for kids to fish on a lazy summer afternoon.

 All too soon its time to go back to school and as the days grow cooler the Sunday afternoon programs in October shift to a theme of Fall Harvest Days and Farmer’s Markets are scheduled on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.

 Ye Olde Mill/Ice Cream Museum, State Route 13, Utica, Ohio

Admission and parking are free except during Ice Cream Festival on Memorial Day Weekend

800-589-5000 or www.velveticecream.com

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