Mayfield reopening Braselton visitor center

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With Mayfield milk products raised high, Braselton’s Mayor and Council “toasted” the announcement of the reopening of the Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center at their meeting Monday evening. Dawn Thompson of Mayfield relayed the reopening announcement, effective Nov. 9. Councilman Richard Mayberry, Dawn Thompson of Mayfield, Mayor Bill Orr, Councilwoman Peggy Slappey, Councilmen Dudley Ray and Tony Funari celebrated.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

The visitor center at the Mayfield Dairy Farms in Braselton will be reopening its doors in November.

The visitor center, which closed last fall, is scheduled to reopen Nov. 9 with free tours through the end of the year.

Visits to the gift shop and ice cream parlor will remain free but, beginning in 2013, tours will cost $3. Each tour participant will receive a free scoop of Mayfield ice cream.

According to representative from Mayfield, the visitor’s center was closed for economic reasons.

“As we indicated last fall, we were eager to reopen if we could find an economically viable way of doing so. Many guests suggested they would be willing to pay a small fee for the informational tours,” said Mary Williams, Mayfield general manager.

“The loss of the Visitors Center was felt by everyone in the community to some extent and we hope that those who mourned its closing will rally around the reopening and let Mayfield know how much we’ve missed them,” said Braselton Town Manager and Clerk Jennifer Dees,.

Mayfield will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with tours beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. No tours will be offered on Wednesdays. On Saturdays, the center will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with tours running from 10 a.m. and the last tour departing at 1 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be able to open the Braselton Visitor Center again,” said Williams. “In addition, the Town of Braselton has offered its support. We know the Visitor Center has been a great way for our business to connect with our consumers and the general public, and we’re excited to bring this attraction back.”

“Mayfield Dairy farms has been, since its opening in 1997, the premier destination in Braselton for families. Its role in offering educational opportunities and excellent ice cream has helped us identify the Town of Braselton as a destination offering something for everyone,” said Dees.