The Plymouth Cheese Factory was opened in 1890 in Plymouth, Vermont by John Coolidge, the father of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. Plymouth Cheese is an American heritage cheese with unique characteristics and a fine reputation. The Plymouth Cheese Factory is one of the oldest cheese operations in the United States.
The art of creating the rich, open bodied texture of granular curd cheese is achieved through the skillful cutting and continuous stirring of the curds, both mechanically and manually. This process takes hours and is still used today to produce this authentic American heritage cheese. The recipe for what became Plymouth Cheese arrived with the first European settlers to the New World and has been modified over time to become the cheese you can enjoy today.
Although granular curd cheeses were widely made throughout the colonies this practice slowly died out over time and was replaced by the factory process. When John Coolidge sited his cheese factory in Plymouth, Vermont, Plymouth Cheese as we know it today was born. The Plymouth Cheese Factory operated until 1934 when the factory was closed due to a milk shortage caused by the Great Depression.
Plymouth Cheese disappeared from the American landscape until 1960 when John Coolidge, the sole surviving child of President Calvin Coolidge, decided to return to Vermont and revive the Plymouth Cheese Factory. From 1960-1998 John Coolidge re-introduced Plymouth Cheese, and at the age of 92 sold the cheese factory to the State of Vermont where visitors today can experience and taste this great cheese.
In July of 2009, Jesse Werner took over the Plymouth Cheese Factory and has once again started making Plymouth Cheese to the same exacting standards that such a pedigreed American heritage cheese demands. Jesse is an artisanal cheesemaker and all of his cheeses are produced in small batches and aged on site. All of the cheeses are handmade from raw cow's milk received from a single local herd that is continually monitored for quality. All of the milk for Plymouth Cheese comes from a farm that engages in the best dairy practices and humane treatment of their livestock.
The public is invited to visit the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory and watch Jesse and his assistants create Plymouth Cheese. There are viewing windows to observe the art of the cheesemaker and, more often than not, Jesse will come out and answer questions about Plymouth cheese and the work required to produce this unique artisan product.