“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Medina in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Elm Farm Dairy

Elm Farm Dairy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
1. Elm Farm Dairy Marker
Inscription.  In 1927 Henry Abell, a master plumber, purchased a 100-acre dairy farm. When the Great Depression struck the nation two years later, Abell could find little work as a plumber and decided to develop his dairy farm. In 1934, he and his family began the Dairy, growing the farm to 500 acres and producing enough milk, ice cream, and other dairy products to supply five counties. The dairy closed in 1979, but today houses America’s Ice Cream and Dairy Museum, dedicated to the cultural history of the ice cream and dairy industry in Ohio and the United States.
Erected 2003 by Abell Enterprises and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-52.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 41° 7.374′ N, 81° 53.853′ W. Marker is in Medina, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is on Lafayette Road (U.S. 42) west of Lake
Elm Farm Dairy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
2. Elm Farm Dairy Marker
Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Lafayette Road, Medina OH 44256, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Congregational Church of Medina (approx. 2.2 miles away); Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Weymouth School (approx. 6.8 miles away); Litchfield Town Band (approx. 7.2 miles away); Historic Underground Railroad Station (approx. 7.6 miles away); Heritage Farm (approx. 7.6 miles away); "The Giants of Seville" (approx. 8 miles away); Liverpool Township / Liverpool and Valley City (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medina.
Regarding Elm Farm Dairy. America’s Ice Cream and Dairy Museum at Elm Farm was in Suite A5 in the building next to this historical marker. The museum and ice cream parlor closed in 2010.
Also see . . .  Elm Farm to sell dairy museum, ice cream items at auction. 2012 article by Kiera Manion-Fischer in The Medina Gazette. “The museum’s collection shows the history of dairy farming and ice-cream making in the United States. The collection includes several antique milk delivery vehicles, cream separators, butter churns and milk bottles from all of Ohio’s 88 counties and ice cream and dairy equipment.” (Submitted on June 3, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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