Today we enjoyed a personal tour of Schimpff's Candy Store, a Jeffersonville landmark.
Gustav A. Schimpff opened up his dream factory in 1891, but had already been making candy in Louisville since 1850. His store has been passed on from generation to generation, and is currently owned by Warren and Jill Schimpff.
The oldest continuously operated candy store (same site) in the country, Schimpff's has been through many historical moments, including the 1937 flood which almost ruined this old building.
The candy museum is home to many antique candy dispensers, tin molds, candy holders, and even some old candy, each item having their own story to be told.
When this building was first built, soon after the Civil War, it was actually two different buildings, separated by a small four-foot brick alley. The owners decided to connect the two on the one hundred-tenth year anniversary. They also built an observation area so that school groups and other visitors could watch the candy being made. Passersby can even view from outside on the sidewalk.
Not only does Schimpff's make homemade candies and chocolates, but also sandwiches and soups. We enjoyed having lunch there. Afterwards, we made our way to the adjacent candy store to try some of their delicious goodies.
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