This is a large double house. The right side of the house was owned by the Gilson family for an extended period of time. William and his wife "Maggie" Gilson operated the Port Royal Dairy from the back of this house for thirty-three years until they sold the business and a new dairy building was constructed on Milford Street. This is how 506 and 508 Main Street appeared in the Spring of 2009 when it was listed to Kay Benner and Donald Oberlin.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/15/09 - Image Year: 2009
The first dairy in Port Royal was located on the back of the property at the corner of Market and Sixth Street. This dairy was owned by Peter Beers and next by William Saylor. Eventually it was acquired by R. E. Groninger who sold it to Ralph and Maggie Gilson. (See note)
Note from Port Royal Times of October 2, 1912: Mr. R. E. Groninger, our accommodating milkman, who has served the people of Port Royal the past 27 years, has sold his business to Mr. Ralph Gilson of Turbett Township. Mr. Gilson made his first trip yesterday morning, October 1st, and will continue the good service that his predecessor has established.
Then William and Margaret "Maggie" (Dysinger) Gilson built a dairy behind their home on Main Street. The dairy remained there for thirty-three years.
John "Duff" Taylor purchased both the dairy and house in 1954 and continued operation while residing there. John eventually sold the business to Lane and Joanne (Ulsh) Swartz.
The dairy was moved again in 1958, this time to the northeast corner of Milford and Sixth Streets. Owners at this location were: Walter McCahan and Robert Kauffman. (Eventually this building was converted into MacBarney's Restaurant.)
This double house was built between 1911 and 1928 because it did not exist on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of 1911 but was on their 1928 map.