Ice cream is as American as George Washington. And that’s not just some tired old simile. Our nation’s founding father loved the sweet, cold treat so much that he purchased a “Cream Machine for Ice” for his Mount Vernon home to ensure that he could have ice cream whenever he wanted. When he got elected President, he brought to the White House an assortment of specially-designed ice cream spoons and bowls so the dessert could always be served at official presidential dinners. While his “Cream Machine” is no longer churning, one can still get locally-made ice cream at the restaurant at Mount Vernon. It’s not the only historic scoop shop still serving.
Here are five of the oldest ice cream shops in America to get your ice cream fix: