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Sealtest Building - 3533 Hillsborough Rd.
Apparently built in the late 1950s on land owned by the Tilley family, these were offices at the front of a wholesale operation as the dairy industry consolidated - both in North Carolina and nationally. Sealtest was a brand of National Dairy Products Corporation - later known as Kraft Foods.
The history of Lakewood Dairy extends back to the early 20th century, when the Ward family had farmland extending from present-day Ward and James Streets to Chapel Hill Boulevard. A large two-story house was located on James St. with barns and other frame buildings to the west-southwest. FA Ward delivered milk in horse-drawn wagons throughout the...
3407 Hope Valley Road
This home, hidden away on Hope Valley, was home to the Gibbs family who ran a dairy on the property, as well as an apartment complex and grocery store in the 1950s and 1960s.
Durham Dairy Products
(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection) I can't help but quote from the quirky little book "Durham and Her People" about Durham Dairy Products: