Justine Fletcher (our processing Archivist) and I flew to Farmington Maine this week to identify and catalog a collection of items from our longtime bottler in the city. Despite the April date, there was still a foot of snow on the ground with some drifts still several feet high. The bottling plant was pretty interesting and had been in the same location since 1922. It was originally a home that had been expanded several times over the years.
During lunch at the Harvest House Restaurant (a fine establishment serving
If you like our waitress, are wondering who Lillian Nordica was, she was a famed opera star who performed in the finest venues around the world. She was born in Farmington on December 12th, 1857. She made her concert debut in 1876 and in 1879, sang her first operatic role in La Traviata in Italy. Closer to home, Nordica began her career with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1887. She died in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 10th, 1914 while on a world tour.
Lillian Nordica was one of the fist celebrity endorsers for The
Over lunch, as we began to piece together the connections between Farmington, Maine and Lillian Nordica, I was really excited and we called the museum immediately to see if we could arrange a visit to the Nordica Homestead. Unfortunately, the museum is closed until the summer so we could not see it, but we drove out to the site for some photos. The snowdrift around the sign was nearly three feet tall, so I can understand why they only open in the summer!
Since we could not visit the museum that day, the Nordica Homestead is on my 'Coke Bucket List.'