There were many dairy farms in the Cape Fear area, ranging from small family to mid-size neighborhood servers all the way up to the larger and probably longest-lasting Echo Farms, off Carolina Beach Rd. The larger of these used war prisoner labor during World War II. These farms were all over the county and today very few if any reminders of them are left.
The Dutch Leeuwenberg family brothers had several all over the county. John Leeuwenberg’s was located in the Mercer Avenue, Wrightsville Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard area. Another was off Market Street at Dutch Square and Dairy Farm Road. Brother Otto Leeuwenberg’s was on Market Street across from today’s Holiday Inn. Cassie’s was on Bonham Avenue.
Several other Dutch families had dairies here. The Dirk Swart family had one on Market Street at Kerr Avenue, where Whitey’s was located, and another in Castle Hayne. Vanderwall family had a small one on Orchard Avenue.
There was Taylor Farms on Covil Avenue. In the early 1950’s Dunk Smith ran a dairy farm by Bradley Creek at Wrightsville Avenue.
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Date posted: August 21, 2013
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