Friday, November 21, 2014

Coltsfoot Farm Milk Bottle

Our collections include this fun milk bottle from the Coltsfoot Farm.

Coltsfoot Farm was started in 1885 by John Edward Calhoun, taking its name from the Coltsfoot Valley, where his cattle grazed.

The slogan, "a bottle of milk is a bottle of health," was introduced by the Thatcher glass manufacturing company of New York and soon became a nationally used slogan.

The Calhoun family sold off their dairy cattle and equipment at a two day auction in 1966. The farm property was leased and the dairy operations continued on site by Ronald Laigle, Robert Laigle, and Raymond Thuillard.

Coltsfoot Farm closed permanently in the mid-1980s.

View of Coltsfoot Valley today.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cornwall's Dairy Farms

Our 2014 exhibit, Cornwall and the Civil War, has come to a close. Although there are a few Civil War "treats" still to come, our focus is shifting to next year's exhibit and programs.

As you might be able to guess from these photos, we'll be exploring the history of Cornwall's dairy farms next year. If you have any photographs, objects, or stories to share, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact our Executive Director/Curator, Raechel Guest, at

Cows grazing near Popple Swamp Road, late 1800s.

William Hart dairy farm, 1908.

Cows on the Sandmeyer dairy farm, early 1900s.