Rhode Island Historical Society, Coggeshall Farm Present Maple Sugaring Event


Sure, we???ve all had French toast on a Saturday morning. But have you ever truly experienced your French toast on a Saturday morning? The Rhode Island Historical Society and Coggeshall Farm Museum are offering food lovers, history lovers, and food history lovers alike that opportunity on Saturday, March 4, 10am-noon, when the public is invited to learn about the process of maple sugaring and making maple syrup ??? and then to enjoy pouring it over some delicious hearth-cooked French toast.

Visitors will join Coggeshall staff as they showcase historic methods of maple sugaring. After tapping trees, gathering sap, and processing it in Coggeshall???s maple sugaring camp, participants can warm up by the hearth and enjoy hot cider, syrup, and French toast. All the while, visitors can hear about how this centuries-old task ties into a variety of topics, from abolition to international shipping.

???This is a chance to get your hands dirty and find out how people used to make maple sugar at the birth of our nation??? said Coggeshall Farm Museum Interim Executive Director Casey Duckett. ???Visitors can help tap trees, collect sap, cut and collect firewood, and learn about the routine of an 18th-century sugar camp.?????

Tickets for the event are $10, or $8 for RIHS and Coggeshall members. Attendance is limited, and advance purchase is required; tickets are available online at

This event is presented as part of the Rhode Island Historical Society???s 2017 programming theme, Relishing Rhode Island. More information can be found at

For more information on Coggeshall Farm Museum???s programming, visit

About the Coggeshall Farm Museum

Coggeshall Farm Museum was incorporated in 1973 as ???a quiet, authentic place for 20th-century Americans to observe the lifestyles of 1750 Rhode Island.??? In the last decade, the site has refocused primarily on the 1790s, the decade between the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, known as the Federalist Era. The Mission of the Coggeshall Farm Museum is to preserve this 1790s Rhode Island salt-marsh farm. It serves the local community and beyond as a living museum and vital educational resource through demonstration of daily farm activity and honest interpretation that reflects its historical, multicultural influence.