Maple Sugaring (maple syrup production) in the 1820s –
In New England and other parts of northeastern North America maple syrup is produced each spring. Here’s some footage we shot of how they boiled the sap in the 1820s at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA.
In the 1800s we actually produced as much maple syrup as we did until about 10 years ago. Every farm would have a kettle and eventually an evaporator to boil the sap from maple trees to produce maple sugar. This was before sugar was widely available and it gave us sugar that could be used and produced right on the farm.
We continue the tradition ourselves on our farm but this gives us a glimpse of our past. Check out our maple sugaring videos showing our current operation.