WHATELY, Mass (WWLP) - An iconic milk bottle that has become a symbol for the Town of Whately has been restored.
The nearly 20 foot milk bottle has sat in front of the old Whately Center School now for over 15 years.
The bottle was originally built in the 1920's over on State Road so QuonQuont Farms could sell their dairy products on a main highway. It soon became a major destination.
The giant concrete milk bottle had been passed on through different owners until it was donated to the Whately Historical Society so it could be preserved. Recently it had been deteriorating.
A local woman that was always fond of the landmark left money in her will for its restoration. The historical society cleaned and repainted the bottle with the emblem bearing the name of the QuonQuont Farm that started it all.
Harold Swift, of Whately said, "I can recall as a pipsqueak, going with my mother and father and having a sandwich and stuff like that so there's quite a little bit of history to this thing I'll tell you."
Adelia Bardwell, of the Whately Historical Society told 22News,"It became the symbol of Whately. The milk bottle, milk bottle, milk bottle everybody knew if you went to the milk bottle you were in Whately."
Dotty Baronas currently lives in Amherst but says her family still runs the Hillside Dairy Farm.
"Farming is still in our hearts and this bottle means an extremely, extremely, many nice memories for us."
The Whately Historical Society still uses the bottle as a place for kids to give out ice cream during some of their major events.