St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association

This is the first collaborative construction effort between the Museum and another organization.

Maple Sugar House Completed

By Roger Austin. From the July - Aug 2009 newsletter.

Hugh Newton, president of the St. Lawrence County Maple Sugar Producers Association, reports that the new Sugar House at the Museum has been completed. The next phase is to furnish the interior with period equipment and facilities for visitors. Construction of the building was made possible in part by a NY State Maple Sugar Education and Promotion grant secured by NY State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava and administered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The building has a 16 x 24 foot main evaporating room and an 8 x 24 foot wood shed on the side that will be used as an instructional area. It has board and batten siding, a steel roof, and sports a steam vent on top.

The interior will be furnished with vintage items including a 3 x 12 foot Vermont evaporator donated by Tom Smith, a holding tank from Allan Lashomb, a sled with a gathering tank and other items. They are still looking for a round filter tank. The facility was connstructed under an agreement that assigns ownership of the building to the Museum and that allows its use by both parties for educational purposes. This is the first collaborative construction effort between the Museum and another organization.

Maple Sugar Association members Ken Tupper, Hugh Newton, and Roger Hutchinson contributed logs which were sawn into lumber during past Exhibiitions at the Museum. Materials were also supplied by Triple A Building Cennters in Potsdam and Canton, Bicknell Building Supply, J.C. Merriman, Inc. of Norwood, and Tractor Supply Co. of Potsdam. The building was designed and erected by Association and Museum members including John Bowles, Robert Breen, Rick Carter, Reg Chester, Harry Doelger, Don Finen, Jim Hargrave, Fred Henderson, Jeff Jenness, Garry Montgomery, Hugh Newton, Doug Thompson, Ken Tupper, and Lee Williams.



By Roger Austin. From the Sept - Oct - Aug 2008 newsletter.

The Maple Sugar Producers Asssociation has agreed to construct a Sugar House at the Museum. It will house and preserve a collection of items reflecting the history of making maple sugar products.

The building will be in the style of a circa 1900 sugar house. There will be a 16 x 24 foot section which will house a vintage evaporation pan and an adjacent 8 x 24 foot wood shed. The usual wall between the two will be built only half high for easier viewing by visitors.

The Maple Sugar Producers will use the facility for educational proograms, and it will be open during Exhibitions and other occasions. The wood shed section will have audiovisual equipment and chairs, making it a small auditorium for visitors.

The Sugar House will be located approximately 400 feet northwest of the rear corner of the Pavilion. Its main section will have a gable roof with the wood shed having a shed roof. The building's siding will be rough-sawn board and batten.

The Producers had several of their own logs cut into lumber during the Fall Exhibition for this project. They will also be covering all expenses including roofing and other materials in its construction. Anyone wishing to assist with this project should contact Dave Baker.