Mule skinner Stephen Clinch and 8-year-old Cindy Lou made
their rounds at the durst-taylor historic house powering an 1880's sugar cane
"I'll lead her, it's
easier to lead her than to drive her from behind I'll just lead her around a
circle and she'll be sweating a little bit when we get done I imagine," said
This is the 5th year for the Old Fashioned Sweet Tooth
Sugarcane Festival , Clinch says using the press the cane will be pressed and
boiled down to make ribbon cane syrup.
"This beam turns
gears that turn the drums and the cane goes between the drums and there is very
little clearance in there and it squeezes the juice out of it," said Festival.
The entire process takes about four to five hours, once all
the juice has been collected it's boiled until there is no water left then it's
made into syrup.
"There's so many people here in Nacogdoches that have never
seen this done, especially the younger generation, it was very common in our
grandparents day but as the kids get younger and this isn't really happening
anymore so its great to show the old farming techniques," said Jessica Sowell,
Assistant Historic Sites Manager.
As visitors waited for the sweet treat, they enjoyed a
journey back in time filled with music, a blacksmith and arts and crafts.
Volunteer Chandler McDonald says events like this teach
everyone the importance of recognizing the past.
"Just know how it
used to be done, now we go to the grocery store to get syrup before that it
would have been a lot more difficult," said McDonald.
The Nacogdoches Kiwanis Club was also on site making
fresh pancakes to enjoy with the fresh cane syrup.