Cider making has a long history, and was important on any farm that had an apple orchard. Since the safety of drinking water was still a concern in early America, cider continued to be the best choice. Early settlers also believed cider aided in the prevention of many illnesses and helped them live a long life.
The Time and the Valleys Museum will host “Cider Making on the 1930s,” a program featuring old time cider making with a hand cider press, set for Sunday, October 10th.
Restored by Museum Trustee David Forshay, the hand press will press fresh local apples after they have been ground in an old time grinder. The old time apple pressing process and its importance on family farms will be discussed, and a cider making historical display can be explored.
All of the buildings on the 1930s Catskill Farm will be open for visitors, including the farm house, barn, milk house, electric plant and working waterwheel building with educational and interactive activities and guided tours.
This program will take place from 1 to 3 pm. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults and $2 for children. The museum is located at 332 Main Street in Grahamsville (St. Rt. 55), Sullivan County. More information can be found on the Time and the Valleys website or by calling (845) 985-7700.
Photo of apple press at Time and the Valleys Museum provided.