Hebron Historical Society learns about local maple syrup production

HEBRON – At the Hebron Historical Society’s most recent meeting, historical society vice president Robert Swift detailed the suspected origins of maple syrup production in the state, beginning with Maine’s indigenous people and early settlers.
The next society meeting will feature Dennis Creaser talking about the history of mining in Hebron and vicinity. It will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Town Office, 351 Paris Road. The meeting is free and open to the public.
At the October meeting, Swift, through local historical documentation, provided the estimated annual production of numerous Hebron families. As most farms had maple trees it was common practice for families to boil down their own syrup.
Swift explained, drawing on his personal experience, the various methods and evolution of equipment needed in the process. Large scale production, he said, has become more prohibitive due to the excessive amount of time required in the process.