Cheese center will add another gem to downtown

BY THIS TIME NEXT year, visitors to Plymouth will be learning about the history and heritage that made this city the Cheese Capital of the World.

They’ll be able to learn all about how cheesemaking and packaging grew into the city’s major industry through artifacts, displays, hands-on activities and interactive computer stations.

They’ll be able to sample local products, learn the processes involved and perhaps even try their hand at a little cheesemaking themselves, then get a cheesy bite to eat at a lunch counter featuring traditional and exotic grilled cheese fare and more.

The Plymouth Cheese Capital of the World project in the formerly vacant and foreclosed 133 E. Mill St. is progressing rapidly, with the goal of being open by sometime next summer.

The cheese-themed retail store and heritage center will pay homage to the past, present, and future of cheese production and converting. It is estimated that 15 percent of all the cheese consumed in the U.S. moves through Plymouth as either bulk or converted cheese for retail and food service/ingredient consumption. In 2017, the completion of the project will help celebrate the City of Plymouth’s 140 years as a city and its standing as the Cheese Capital of the World.

From the original Cheese Exchange and Cheeseville factories to today’s cheese industry leaders like Sargento, Sartori, Masters Gallery and Great Lakes Cheese, cheese has played a major role in Plymouth’s growth, development and fame.

It will be great to finally see that heritage and history displayed, celebrated and shared in one location. And it couldn’t be in a better place than in the heart of downtown Plymouth on Mill Street, less than a block from the original Cheese Exchange building.

The center will be yet one more attraction to draw visitors to downtown Plymouth for sightseeing, learning and shopping.

Downtown Plymouth already boasts an arts and cultural hub in the Plymouth Arts Center, as well as an outstanding history museum run by the Plymouth Historical Society featuring a celebration of the Old Plank Road Trail and the city’s rich history.

It boasts an enticing variety of unique shops and stores offering one-of-a-kind items and bargains for the discerning shopper.

It is decorated – one could even say bejeweled – from one end to the other with more than two dozen picturesque wall murals further celebrating the city and its history.

And overlooking it all is the restored historic Huson Water Tower, which by the time the Plymouth Cheese Capital of the World center opens, will include the windmill which hasn’t been seen for more than three-quarters of a century.

With the many tourists and visitors who come to Sheboygan County each year for any number of events and attractions, it all helps put downtown Plymouth at or near the top of the list of places to go.

The Cheese Capital of the World will welcome them all.

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