New Exhibit Dedication - 1959 Divco Milk Truck
Release date: 11/15/2013
N.C. Transportation Museum Dedicates 1959 Melville Dairy Divco Milk Truck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The N.C. Transportation Museum will officially welcome a new member to its exhibit family, honor those who donated this unique piece of history and commemorate a company that delivered fresh milk to the doorsteps of families in Burlington for 40 years.
Saturday, Nov. 23, the N.C. Transportation Museum will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for one of the most recent additions to the Bumper to Bumper automotive display, the 1959 Divco Milk Truck.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Following an introduction by Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Kevin Cherry, Secretary Susan Kluttz will speak about the exhibit and its contribution to the museum. Peggy Boswell, curator for the Scott family collection at Alamance Community College, will discuss the history of the 1959 truck and the Scott family.
The Melville Dairy Truck and Wagon exhibits are a unique piece of history, representing the city of Burlington, the Scott family and a time when doorstep delivery was a common part of daily life.
The Melville Dairy Company operated in the city of Burlington, located in Alamance and Guilford Counties for 40 years, between 1927 and 1967. Founded by brothers Ralph Henderson Scott, Sr. and Henry A. Scott, the company first sold dairy products directly from the family farm in the Hawfields community, just outside of Burlington. By 1935, the brothers built a plant in downtown Burlington to process and sell milk from their own farm and other local dairies. Eventually, 150 farms provided milk to Melville Dairy Products.
The company remained the largest supplier of dairy products to the area until it was purchased by Guilford Dairy in 1967.
The 1959 model Divco milk truck was used by the company in its final years. Detroit Industry Vehicle Company created such trucks between 1926 and 1986 and designed them very specifically for the delivery of milk and dairy products to the public’s doorsteps.
The trucks were known as “ice buggies” because they used ice instead of refrigeration to keep products cold. Like today’s mail trucks, the milk trucks were designed so that the milkman, who could drive standing up or sitting down, could get in and out of the vehicle quickly for the fastest delivery possible.
The 1959 Divco Milk Truck remained in the Scott family after the company was sold to Guilford Dairy and remained in a barn for some 30 years. Henderson Scott restored the vehicle in 2005 and donated it to the N.C. Transportation Museum in October of 2013.
The milk truck sits beside another piece of history, the Melville Dairy Wagon. While this wagon was not used by the Melville Dairy Company, it is representative of the fleet of six wagons that were used in the most concentrated population areas of Burlington during World War II. The use of wagons was part of the effort to conserve gasoline to aid in wartime efforts.
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.