Yet five generations ago, Velvet was just part of a young Lebanese boy’s dream of making good in his new country. When Grandpa Dager, who arrived in 1903 at age 15, founded Velvet Ice Cream in the basement of a Utica confectionery in 1914, he hand-cranked his product and distributed it around town from the back of a wagon filled with ice and sawdust.
Still family-owned and operated, Velvet now has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just outside the town where it all began, and it produces and distributes its ice cream for foodservice and retail in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Florida. Velvet is also the preferred distributor of several national brands of ice cream novelty treats.
Its historic Ye Olde Mill headquarters, a tourist destination in its own right, features a visitors center resembling Grandpa Dager’s original dairy barn and attracts more than 150,000 visitors annually.
Attraction Type: Factory Tour
Group Rates: Free Admission
Hours of Operation: 11 am – 7 pm
Seasonal Dates: May 1 – October 31
Seasonal Hours: 11 am – 7 pm
Bus Parking: Yes
Driver Rate: Comp food, dessert & drinks
Escort Rate: Comp Food, dessert and drink
Nearby Attractions that Influence Group Travel:
- Daves Arboretum
- Cherry Valley Lodge & Co Co Key Water Resort