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Maple Taste and Tour

Saturday, March 12, 202210:00 amSunday, March 13, 20224:00 pm
Somerset Historical Center
Two historical interpreters demonstrate boiling maple sap in an iron kettle near a log-crib lean-to.

***We have NOT cancelled any activities at the Somerset Historical Center during this weekend's Maple Taste and Tour due to inclement weather. Please check with the Somerset County Maple Producers or contact any other sites you are planning to visit to make sure they are accessible.***

Maple heritage, history, lore, and education is the main focus for the HGSSC's Taste and Tour experience at the Somerset Historical Center, where visitors can learn about maple sugaring techniques from the earliest records through the present day. The weekend includes activities for children and adults and features a new "Maple Meander" throughout the Visitor's Center Exhibit Hall. Visitors can complete the activity book using information from the exhibit and demonstrations and gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the maple industry in Somerset County.

Other activities include fill the keeler with water challenge, follow the sugar water through the tubing activity, tap a maple tree the early way, and guess the number of droplets in the jar of sugar water with a prize for the person guessing the closest number.

There will be demonstrations of crafts that supported the maple industry such as coopering and scrub brush making, an historical overview of the industry in Somerset County and maple equipment. Visitors can also sample freshly stirred maple sugar, that "toothsome" taffy treat known locally as spotza, maple popped kettle corn, and burnt sugar cake.

Admission to the Maple Taste and Tour is FREE and is held in cooperation with the Somerset County Maple Producers Association. The Society stop is one of more than 20 maple sugar camps visitors can enjoy. Hours are from 10:00-4:00, Saturday and Sunday. The Somerset Historical Center is located 4 miles north of Somerset on Route 985. From Somerset, take route 601 north to route 985. We are within 5-6 miles of Baer Bros. maple sugar camp on the Maple Taste and Tour trail.