The Billings Farm and Museum

Frederick Billings' model farm and dairy celebrates Vermont's rural heritage.

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In the 1890s, milk was delivered directly to the Billings farm creamery, where it was poured into separator cans and lowered into an ice bath in the Cooley creamer. Today the farm has two such chillers. The original (right) is never used; the hand-fabricated version along the back wall is fully functional. Once the milk was cool and the cream had risen to the top of the cans, the skim milk was drained into the gutter system (visible at the edge of the cooler on the right) and the cream was transferred into the Vermont Farm Machine Co. 50-gallon tempering vat (center).