Eastman Johnson's Maple Sugar Paintings
Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) is remembered as one of the most important American painters of the 19th century. Most of his Maple Sugar paintings were painted between 1861-1865.
His work celebrates maple sugaring not only as a way of life but as a symbol of Yankee independence and self-sufficiency. As an abolitionist, these paintings represent "sugar” produced by free workers, unlike cane sugar which was produced by slave labor.
At the center of Johnson's Maple Sugar project is
the traditional sugaring off party held at the
conclusion of the sugar harvest, This raucous
party celebrated a successful harvest with
bonfires, music, sugar-on-snow, doughnuts and
pickles. To many it was viewed as a rite of spring
and signaled the end of a long winter.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 40° 45.58′ N, 84° 3.436′ W. Marker is near Lima, Ohio, in Allen County. Marker is on North Dixie Highway 0.7 miles north of Ada Road (Route 81), on the right when traveling
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McLean Teady Bear Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Metzger Lake Reservoir (approx. 1.2 miles away); Faurot Oil Well (approx. 2.2 miles away); NKP Caboose No. 1091 (approx. 2.2 miles away); D T & I Railroad's Uniopolis, Ohio, Station (approx. 2.2 miles away); NKP Berkshire Locomotive No. 779 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lima Locomotive Works (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Hog Creek Settlement (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lima.
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