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Aiken revisits its milk history

August 12, 2014

By Maayan Schechter, Aiken Standard, S.C.

Aug. 12--The Aiken County Historical Museum invites residents and visitors to take a step back in time when milk was just an open door away.

The Museum will host an exhibit called The "Legen-dairy" Dairies of Aiken County, beginning on Saturday that will run through the middle of September.

The Museum hosted similar exhibits on Aiken's dairy industry in the past, but new Executive Director Brenda Bratto said the decision to create a larger exhibit and event really stemmed from local author and historian Bill Baab's published work "The Retail Dairies of Aiken, Columbia & Richmond Counties."

"When Bill wrote that book, he really covered things that weren't that familiar," Baratto said. "People the farm where the Aiken Mall is now or Haskell's Dairy in North Augusta. But one of the parts about Bill's book that caught me was the mention of Sam Jones's Dairy; Jones was an African-American. So there's a lot of different aspects to a story we're all familiar with."

On Saturday, Baab will speak about Aiken's dairy history from 2 to 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Children are also invited to the exhibit for a "milk and cookies" hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Free milk and cookies, alongside coloring sheets and word games will be offered to kids for free.

If that's not enough milk talk, Haskell's Dairy descendent and Aiken County Councilman Sandy Haskell will present the winner of the Museum's milk and cookies rhyme contest with a $25 gift card to Moe's Southwest Grill. The winner will also have the opportunity to have their rhyme placed on a mock milk bottle, which will be placed inside the Museum's exhibit.

"Why we're stressing this event, especially to kids, is to remind them that there were once times when milk was delivered to your house," Baratto said. "Not that anyone is at home anymore, but things were just done differently long ago."

Baratto thanked Moe's Southwest Grill for their gift card donation and Cracker Barrel's donation of the milk.

The Aiken County Historical Museum is located at 433 Newberry St. S.W.

For more information, call 803-642-2015 or visit

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.


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