Saturday the Nacogdoches community
took a step back in time at the 4th Annual Old Fashioned Sweet Tooth Sugar Cane
"In Nacogdoches County, if they wanted
sweetness they couldn't go to the store to get sugar," said Jeff Abt,
President, Friends of Historic Nacogdoches Inc.
In the 1800's sugar cane was a staple
in Nacogdoches County, the festival showcases how landowners managed to supply
the popular product.
"Its really one of those lost
arts people don't do as much anymore," said Jessica Sowell, Assistant Historic
At the Durst-Taylor Historic House civil war
re-enactors demonstrated the pressing
process that can take anywhere from several hours to days depending on
how much is being made.
"She gets hooked onto the end of
the sugar cane mill, walks around in a circle and the three gears turn and squishes
the sugar cane through the middle and pulls the juice out," said Sowell.
Sharon Curr is known in Nacogdoches as
"The History Lady", she once lived in the Durst-Taylor home and says that
farming was vital for every family.
"Every family here had a garden of some
type at the house," said Curr.
Festival officials say that there is
something here for everyone.
For some it's trip down memory lane
and other get glimpse of a time in history the never knew.
"Its really kind of a throwback
and they get to see something they haven't seen in quite a few years and then
there kids who have never seen anything like this, its an educational
experience," said Sowell.
The Friends of Historic Nacogdoches host the
festival every 2nd Saturday in January.
Later this year they will host a Columbia
Collection Day in remembrance of the fallen shuttle.
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