A horse or mule, hitched to a sweep about ten feet long, walks in a circle, turning the rollers of the sorghum mill. As stalks are fed through the rotating rollers, the extracted, bright green juice passes through a cloth strainer and into a barrel. Today, gasoline engines have largely replaced traditional horse or mule power.
The juice is cooked for several hours in an evaporator, or boiler box, similar to the one to your left. As the syrup thickens and turns caramel color, watchful cooks skim the dark foam that forms on the surface. When the batch reaches the desired consistency, it is strained and bottled or canned. About 10 gallons of juice yield one gallon of syrup. Many people prefer the taste of sorghum to molasses made from sugar cane.
At harvest, workers strip the leaves and cut the red seed pods, or head, from the cane. Using a hoe or other blade,
Erected by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
Location. 36° 45.092′ N, 80° 24.351′ W. Marker is near Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 176.2), 0.2 miles south of Mabry Mill Road SE (Virginia Route 603), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located along the Mabry Mill interpretive trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 Mabry Mill Road SE, Meadows of Dan VA 24120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homemade Soap Recipe (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Appalachian Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Bark Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Challenges (within shouting distance of this marker); Whiskey Still (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumber Drying RackYou Buy 'Em, We'll Fly 'Em! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadows of Dan.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mabry Mill
Also see . . . Mabry Mill. The sights and sounds of Rural Appalachia fill the air at Mabry Mill during summer and fall. Ed Mabry built the mill where he and his wife Lizzy ground corn, sawed lumber, and did blacksmithing for three decades. The old mill, cultural demonstrations, and a decades-long tradition of Sunday afternoon music and dancing continue to draw visitors today. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.