Jimmy Carter NHS presents Cane Syrup Day Nov. 21

Published 10:23 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

PLAINS — Have you ever wondered how the yummy, sticky concoction called cane syrup is made? Ever wondered about the workings of a rural farm in Southwest Georgia during the Great Depression? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or no for that matter), come on out to the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm for our Cane Syrup Day!
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) announces the celebration of Cane Syrup Day, Saturday, Nov. 21. Demonstrations will be presented throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This event will highlight cane syrup making in the 1930s as well as offer visitors a representation of the life experienced by a young Jimmy Carter. Demonstrations will include cane stripping, cane squeezing, syrup making, corn shelling, and blacksmithing.  Earl Carter’s Commissary will be open so that visitors may purchase cane syrup and other novelties.
Visitors to the Boyhood Farm will enjoy watching the park staff feed freshly cut sugar cane into a mule-driven cane press. Once the cane is in the press, it then passes through rollers which extract the juice. This juice is then boiled down over a hot fire until it turns into the sticky substance known as cane syrup. Cane Syrup Day is free and open to the public.
Check for upcoming events on social media or at www.nps.gov/jica. Also, come join our online community by following us on Facebook at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Twitter at @JimmyCarterNHS1, and Instagram at jimmycarternps. For school field trip information and reservations, visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at 229-824-4104. Also, be sure to ask the Ranger on duty about our Junior Ranger program. Come Experience Your America (past and present) with the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.