Donnelly's, on Harrietstown Road Crystal Spring Dairy truck The farm that became Donnelly's Crystal Spring Dairy at the intersection of the Harrietstown Road and New York Route 186 (Donnelly's Corners, previously Work's Corners) was owned in the 1800s by Ira Works; he sold it to William LaBounty who, in turn, sold it to Martin Donnelly. The farm had five hundred acres, and seventy-five cows. They had four employees, and pasteurized and bottled their own milk, which they delivered to institutions and door-to-door. The farmhouse was built of timber harvested from the farm.
In 1953, they bought a soft-serve ice cream machine, and started selling the twin-tone cones that have made them a local institution. U.S President Bill Clinton and Tom Cruise have reportedly stopped there. The building that presently houses the ice cream machine used to be the warming hut for a Sky View, a ski hill located on the steep hill next to the house.
The farm was listed in the New York Department of Agriculture's, 1906 Annual report, Volume 1, under "Farms for Sale, Town of Harrietstown" as "No. 745—Farm of 500 acres, 4 miles from Saranac Lake, Harrietstown postoffice 3/4 mile. 200 acres meadow, 100 pasture, balance timber, Spring water. Fences fair. 15-room house. 2 barns 30x40 each, one 30x100. Ice house and creamery. Fair condition. For price, apply to owner. Address Mrs. I. Works, Harrietstown."
Riley, Howard, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, "Crystal Spring Dairy", May 5, 2007
Farms No. 745