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November 4, 2012

Cane grinding, syrup making at Museum of Agriculture, Nov 10,17

TIFTON — Take a step back in time on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 with the annual cane grinding and syrup making parties at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  

Visitors can also enjoy live music on the Gibbs House Porch as well as wool washing and dying and spinning demonstrations at the Clark Cabin throughout the day.  Concessions will be available at the Drug Store including soup and corn bread, hotdogs, ice cream, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The “Wild at Heart” exhibit of wood carvings, photos, and paintings of outdoor creatures and scenes will also be available for viewing in the Museum Gallery.  Featured artists include Ronald Goodman from Fitzgerald, Evelyn Mercer from Hahira and Thomas Bland from Reidsville.

Visitors can also take a ride on the steam train pulled by the 1917 Vulcan locomotive, and visit with costumed interpreters who will explain how grinding the cane eventually results in a bottle of syrup available for purchase from the Museum store.             

 For many Southerners, cane grinding and syrup cooking are family traditions that have been passed down through many generations. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture’s Historic Village is one of the few places left where visitors can go back in time to see sugar cane grinding with a mule leading the way.  The resulting juice from grinding the cane is poured into a cast iron kettle where it’s cooked down into syrup.

Admission to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Tuesday-Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 55 and over), $4 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under.  Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 55 and over), $5 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, interested persons can contact the Museum staff at (229) 391-5205 or visit the Museum’s website at www.abac.edu/museum.

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