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Kutztown in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cider Making

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Cider Making Marker
Inscription.

The first step in making cider in the days gone by was to grind the apples into pulp, called pomace in English and "dreschter" in the dialect. Then the "dreschter" was imbedded [sic] in layers of flailed rye straw. The cider press was operated by two men who increased the pressure by turning large wooden screws. This forced down the weight of a roof-like structure, and the pressure squeezed the cider from the "dreschter."

The wooden grinding gears were buried in the ground when cider season ended, to prevent the wood from splitting.
 
Location. 40° 31.065′ N, 75° 47.034′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Dutch Ballads (here, next to this marker); Colouring Easter Eggs (here, next to this marker); Two Worlds - Dutch Country (here, next to this marker); Brick-End Decorated Barns (here, next to this marker); Griener Dunnerschdag (a few steps from this marker);

Cider Making Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Cider Making Marker and Other Markers
Looking SW
Wheelbarrow Matches (within shouting distance of this marker); Quilting Lore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Conestoga Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Cider Making. Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Cider. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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