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The Smokehouse, Syrup Kettle and Sugar Cane Mill

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2019
1. The Smokehouse, Syrup Kettle and Sugar Cane Mill Marker
Inscription.  A smokehouse was a necessary part of every rural pioneer home in early American history due to the lack of refrigeration for fresh meat storage. As part of the preservation process, cuts of meat, primarily pork and sausage, were hung on racks in the smokehouse. Underneath the meat, a green oak or hickory wood fire was built and maintained for several days creating a dense smoke which cured the meat.

This smokehouse and syrup kettle, donated by Thomas G. and Harvey E. Hayden in memory of their parents, Dempsey G. and Hollie Wingate were part of the Andrew and Lettie Wingate homestead, which was located on the far eastern reaches of the Manatee River in what is known as the “Bear Bay” section of Manatee County.

Sugar cane mills and syrup kettles were found in most rural areas in the South, as cane provided both syrup and sugar. This sugar cane mill donated by Hazel Hankee, was used to press the juice from the cane stalks. A horse or mule was hitched to the low end of the sweep, pulled the sweep turning the mill. Stalks of cane were fed between the rollers. The juice was collected and poured into the syrup kettle
The Smokehouse, Syrup Kettle and Sugar Cane Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2019
2. The Smokehouse, Syrup Kettle and Sugar Cane Mill Marker
attached to the smokehouse, where it was cooked over a fire.

The sweep must be made from a tree with the correct bend at the top. Senator Doyle Carlton, Jr. found this pine tree on his Hardee County ranch.
 
Erected by Manatee County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 27° 29.696′ N, 82° 32.886′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) and 14th Street East, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located inside the Manatee Village Historical Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cabbage Head (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wiggins Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Potter Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bassett Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Florida Frontier: The Stephens Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida Cracker Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Naval Stores (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .
Smokehouse image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross
3. Smokehouse
 Manatee Village Historical Park. (Submitted on March 20, 2019.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEducationParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers
 
Syrup Kettle image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2019
4. Syrup Kettle
Sugar Cane Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2019
5. Sugar Cane Mill
Manatee Village Historical Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2019
6. Manatee Village Historical Plaque
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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