Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, began making Bassett’s ice cream in 1861. In 1885, he moved the operations from his New Jersey backyard to a storefront at 5th and Market Streets in Philadelphia. In 1892, Lewis Dubois moved the store to the new Reading Terminal Market where the still family owned company maintains a store to this day.
Bassetts is a 5th generation family business and is America’s oldest ice cream company. Lewis D. Bassett and other family members are buried at historic Mount Moriah Cemetery & Arboretum, Section 204, Lot 5, 6201 Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia.
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