Maple Sugaring at Millbrook Village

Saturday, March 11, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Chase those winter blues and visit Millbrook Village to see maple syrup or maple sugar being made. The sugar maples are tapped and the sap is flowing. See how the “Mud Season Harvest” is transformed from sap to sweet maple sugar.

North America’s Native American Indians taught the colonists how to make maple sugar long before the first European honey bees were brought to the new world or the first sugar cane or sorghum was planted in the South. A truly North American tradition and an early necessity and industry, maple sugaring will be demonstrated as it was done years ago, along with other activities.

Does thunder chase the sap back into the ground? What makes the sap rise? Why don’t you “stir the pot” when the sap is being cooked down? What is a “sugarbush”? Bring your questions and your curiosity to Millbrook Village and enjoy a few hours of old time maple sugaring. Gather ‘round the fire and watch the sap boil down, enjoy the company, meet a friend and enjoy the day. Visit to the general store, the wagon shop or the Trauger House to see what’s going on.  Old time open hearth cooking will be underway in Depue cabin.

We’ll be waiting for you and hope to see you there. As usual, it’s all free. The Maple Sugaring Program is presented by the National Park Service and volunteers from the Millbrook Village Society. Bad weather date is March 18.

For more information visit Millbrook Village Society on Facebook or call 973-875-3461, 908-537-2544, or 908-841-9531.

Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village is a representation of a late 19th Century rural community, rather than an exact restoration of the original Millbrook that has its origins in an 1832 grist mill that soon was surrounded by other businesses and homes.