The History of our location


There has been an ice cream shop at 131 Gorham Street in Chelmsford since the late 1950's.  Before that time, the land was used as farmland and as a small farm stand for the Finnick family of Chelmsford who owned the property since the late 1800's.

                      The Finnick House still stands on the property today at the top of the hill. 

                                                                                                    Finnick House - circa 1899

The following is a history of the various incarnations the ice cream shop went through since being built.

Year                Name of Stand                  Owners                            Comment

1957                Firth Farms                    Tom & Clifford Firth (brothers who built the stand and ran
                                                             a turkey farm on the property)

1959                Pine Valley Farm            Lavoie's Dairy of Lowell (milk plant on Wilder St, Lowell)

1962                Crowley Farm                Crowley Family of Tewksbury 

Spring 1973      Little Maggie's               Cavanaugh family of Tewksbury

Aug 9, 1973      Gary's Ice Cream          Gary Frascarelli (still operating today, 2011 - 38th season)


This would make Gary's Ice Cream the oldest ice cream shop still operating in Chelmsford and the oldest in the Merrimack Valley under the same management.


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