Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Heritage Syrup Festival in Texas

Heritage Syrup Festival
Henderson, Texas
2nd Saturday of November 14th

The making of syrup was and still is an integral part of Anglo-Celtic society and culture in the Southern United States. The practice is still done and celebrated in those areas that were heavily settled by Ulster folk.

Many years ago, as the leaves were turning and the air was crisp, families gathered at the Syrup Mills. This was a time of fellowship and trading, but most importantly, Ribbon Cane Syrup. Syrup was a very treasured sweet. Made from crushed sugar cane, using mule power, and cooked in a pan over a wood fire. The old-timers still reminisce about this well remembered traditional folk art.

This operational syrup mill is made from parts of two country mills. The pan is more than 100 years old and came from the Richardson-Lowe Plantation and the crushing mill was part of the Leopard syrup making facility at Church Hill, Texas. Sugar cane was crushed in the mill to extract the juice. The juice is piped down to the furnace, where it is cooked down into syrup.

The highlight of the Heritage Syrup Festival revolves around a day of old time syrup making demonstrations. The grounds of the Historic Depot Museum come alive with over thirty folk artist demonstrating and selling their crafts. Folk music and rural East Texas soul food round out the festivities.

For more information visit:

The Depot Museum

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