The Little Falls Historical Society Museum

First U.S. Cheese Market Exhibit

The first cheese market in the United States was established in 1861 at Little Falls. From April through December local farmers, cheese factory representatives, and brokers for major American and English markets gathered at Ann and Albany Streets to sample cheeses and negotiate prices.

From 1864-1870, Little Falls was the largest interior cheese market in the world. It remained a center for cheese production well into the twentieth century.