Washing maple sap buckets on the front porch. Now most of our trees are tapped with plastic tubing, but we still hang about 600 buckets- and still have to wash them at the end of the season.
Wood's Cider Mill Today
Our twin-screw cider press was purchased from the Empire State Press Co. in 1882. It was originally run by water power, but was moved from the mill pond in the early 1900's and is now turned down by hand and electricity. We make about 200 gallons of cider per pressing. This is an etching of the press from the original catalog.
Wood's Cider Mill Today
Augustus Aldrich, my grandfather's cousin, and the man from whom I learned to make syrup and jelly , boiling maple syrup at the turn of the century. And here I am stoking our wood fired stainless steel evaporator.
Wood's Cider Mill Today
My great, great uncle C.F. Aldrich, the third generation on the farm and the first to make cider jelly (in the old photo), and his son Frank canning maple syrup around 1910. Here we have our friend Ahmet Baycu, filling and capping cider jelly jars.
Wood's Cider Mill Today
Our combined sugarhouse and cidermill, built in 2003, houses the original 1882 cider press and our cider and maple syrup evaporators. While much has changed in more than 125 years, a returning ancestor would quickly see how much has remained the same. Hover your mouse over an old picture to see its modern representation.
A Little History... Wood's Cider Mill
Wood's Cider Mill
1907 Photo of House
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1927 Photo of Press
Boiling Sap in 1907
Canning Syrup in 1911