Free tours offered at the Maple Museum of Geauga County

What: The Maple Museum of Geauga County

Where: Century Village Museum, on the southeast corner of Burton Square, 14653 E. Park St., Burton.

When: The Maple Museum is a tour stop during the free Saturday public tours conducted each Saturday during the warmer-weather season, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. These tours will take place through mid-October 2018. Visitors may schedule a tour of the Maple Museum on other days and at other times by calling at least 24 hours (and preferably 48 hours) in advance and making a reservation.

Why you should go: It’s everything you ever need to know about maple sugar.

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A tower of sap collecting buckets presents an interesting challenge to Maple Museum visitors. Top image: The outside of the building housing the Maple Museum of Geauga County. (photos by Jean Bonchak)

The museum includes artifacts and early accounts of maple sugaring beginning with the Native Americans and continuing through to the modern day, with explanations of the tapping, collecting and boiling processes.  You will learn about the old-fashioned sugaring parties, the success of Ohio maple producers at the 1893 World’s Fair, the Geauga County Maple Festival, the families of the county who have produced the product for generations, as well as the identities of the today’s leading maple syrup makers, the businesses and industries that have supported maple syrup production, and profiles of the Ohio Maple Hall of Fame members.

A variety of art depicting the lore and intrigue of maple sugaring is displayed. There are a number of children’s activities, from reading, to hands-on projects, to search-and-find challenges.

And of course, maple syrup is for sale at the museum’s store. This maple syrup is produced from sap collected from the Society’s sugarbush and boiled in its own sugarhouse, which is also available for viewing.

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Louise Jackson, chairperson of the Geauga County Historical Society Collection Committee, is shown just days before the Maple Museum’s grand opening as finishing touches are made.

How much: Free public tours conducted each Saturday during the warmer-weather season. A charge of $5 per person will be apply to reserved tours of the museum alone or $8 per adult/$5 per child for a general tour that includes the Maple Museum. This offer also applies to group tours.

How to get more info: Visit www.facebook.com/GeaugaCountyHistoricalSociety

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