G. H. Bent Company
G.H. Bent Company Factory
|Location||7 Pleasant St., Milton, Massachusetts|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||00000075|
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 2000|
The G.H. Bent Company, better known as Bent's Cookie Factory, is a business specializing in cookies that has been operating in Milton, Massachusetts, since 1801. Bent's also sells a number of other baked goods, including their George and Martha Washington pies (both have powdered sugar on the top, the George with a cherry filling, and the Martha with a lemon filling).
Josiah Bent began selling "water crackers" (biscuits made of flour and water that would not deteriorate during long sea voyages) in 1801 from facilities in Milton. His company later sold the original hardtack crackers used by troops during the Civil War. His grandson, George H. Bent, built the 2 1⁄2-story wood-frame factory building at 7 Pleasant Street. The top two levels of the factory are where the cookies and other baked goods are made; the storefront is at street level.
On February 10, 2000 the G.H. Bent Company Factory was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In April 2001, Senator Ted Kennedy visited G.H. Bent Company to unveil the official National Register plaque and make remarks in honor of the bicentennial of the Bent cracker.
A gas explosion at Bent's in early 2006 blew out all the windows, but the company was up and running again within weeks. In December 2013 Dr. Anamika Twyman Ghoshal purchased the building and leased operations of the factory and coffee shop back to Sean Christie and Chris Twyman (operating as the Kiwi Bakery, LLC).
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