Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania: The Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production

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Have you ever heard of the town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania?  You have never heard of the town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania?  Unless you live in York County in South Central Pennsylvania, you more likely never heard of this place.  Pennsylvania Route 616 is the only main route to pass through this town as it is far from any major route.  It is not a touristy town.  It does have one claim.  What is that claim?  It was in this town where ice cream was first produced for commercial production.

South Central Pennsylvania is known for its dairy farms, and York County still has many farms in operation today.  A man by the name of C. Jacob Fussel took advantage of these farms and built and ice cream factory in the town.  Being an out-of-the-way town, you must wonder how the rest of the world was able to get his…

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