The Ingersoll Cheese Museum will inspire you to new poetic heights.
Of course, to REALLY appreciate the awesomeness that is Oxford County cheese, you have to do more than sample it (or, in my case, inhale it). You have to follow the cheese trail all the way back to the beginning and pay a visit to the Ingersoll Cheese Museum.
Just how much cheese was produced in Oxford County? Well, in 1866 a wheel of cheddar weighing more than 7,300 lbs was produced by the James Harris Cheese Company in conjunction with three local cheese factories, like the kind represented by the Ingersoll Cheese Museum. Created as part of a promotional campaign to market Oxford cheddar to England, the famous mammoth cheese went on a world tour. The tour was a smash success (though perhaps not for the gigantic cheese, which was festering with ripeness by the time it reached England) and it solidified the region's place as a global cheese leader.
Now, as a writer, I'm somewhat opposed to criticizing other artists of the written word but there seems to be ample evidence to support the claim that The Chaucer of Cheese was Canada's worst poet and "Ode to the Mammoth Cheese" its worst poem. I'll be merciful and share just the first few opening words....
We have seen thee, Queen of Cheese,
Lying quietly at your ease,
Gently fanned by evening breeze;
Thy fair form no flies dare seize.
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Our visit to the Ingersoll Cheese Museum was facilitated in part by Oxford County Tourism and we thank them for their support.