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by Janet Nesler | MotorHome Magazine


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The history of ice cream can be traced from Ancient Roman times to Ohio's Ice Cream Capitol in Utica, Ohio.  The wheel still turns on the Historic Ye Old Mill built by the Velvet Ice Cream Company as a part of history preserved for all to enjoy.

In 1914 Grandpa Dager, a Lebanese immigrant, moved his family to Utica and became part of the Utica Ice and Ice Cream Company.  The Velvet Ice Cream Company is still owned and operated by three generations of the Dager Family.

Ye Old Mill has been readapted into a museum, ice cream parlor, restaurant and picnic park.  Special events are held throughout the year and an Annual Ice Cream Festival is held every Memorial Day Weekend. 

The Mill is open to visitors May through October from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  It is located at Velvet Ice Cream Co. Ye Old Mill, St. Rt. 13, P.O. Box 588, Utica, Ohio.   For more information call (614) 892-3921 or visit the web site at


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