The Avedis Zildjian Company was founded in Istanbul by Armenian Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century. In 1929 Avedis III moved the cymbal company to America and it is currently located in Norwell, Massachusetts. At nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is currently run by fifteenth generation heirs and is generally recognized as the oldest family-owned business in the United States.
Seaside Inn was established in Kennebunkport, Maine some time before 1667 by John Gooch. Gooch arrived in the Cape Neddick area in 1637, commissioned by an agent of King Charles II to "reside on the ocean-front peninsula at the mouth of the Kennebunk River and ferry travelers across the River." The inn has been in continuous operation by the Gooch family since its inception and is currently owned by the twelfth generation descendants.
Laird & Company is likely America's oldest distillery. William Laird emigrated to New Jersey from Scotland in 1698. While in Scotland it is believed that he was involved in the production of Scotch and upon his arrival in America applied his skills to the most abundant natural resource available in the area…apples. Thus began his production of Applejack: the first known commercial record of Applejack sale was in 1780. During Prohibition, sixth and seventh generation Lairds kept the company running by producing other apple products (including "medicinal" apple brandy). During World War II the plant was converted to dehydrated apple products to aid in the war effort, but all along the art of producing Applejack was passed on through the generations and today an eighth generation Laird runs the company.