Apples and milk bottles have rolled into the Waynesboro Heritage Museum to paint a picture of the dairy and orchard boom the city experienced in the 1920’s. The exhibit features milk and apple crates, milk bottles, and photographs from the museum’s archives.
“There were a lot of small dairies and they combined to form Early Dawn [Dairy],” said Shirley Bridgeforth, president of the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, “There’s a lot of information on those and I have examples of milk bottles from the earlier individual ones.”
The exhibit also features several crates used to carry milk bottles and apples, and all are stamped with the name of the company, including Lucerne, Waynesboro Vinegar Company, Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Apples, and Wilhelmina Orchards. “We have some refrigerated boxes that you’d have on your porch, where your milkman would leave your milk and then pick up your empty bottles,” Bridgeforth added.
“When we put this together, it was going to be much smaller, but we had some people help us out. We have some loans here as well as our own artifacts,” Bridgeforth said. “We’ve done several mini exhibits and we hope to do more. It’s one way of showing these aspects of Waynesboro.”
The Waynesboro Heritage Museum is located at 420 W Main St.