18th Century Style Sugar House
This building is a representation of a small eighteenth century sugar house employing the open-kettle process developed in the West Indies. It was built to show the style of old sugar houses pre-1820 when they were replaced by sugar factories.
This production method utilized a group of iron kettles, usually four to seven arranged in a row from largest to smallest, set into a brick furnace. The row is sometimes referred to as a "Jamaica Train." The furnace's arched flue allowed the heat from the fire, built at the open end, to pass across the bottoms of the kettles and heat their contents before rising out of the chimney.
The least amount of heat was required to heat the raw juice in the largest kettle, la grande, while the greatest concentration of heat was needed for the syrup in the smallest kettle, la batterie.
Caption: Sugar house as viewed from mid-quarters
Erected by LSU Rural Life Museum. (Marker Number 12.)
Location. 30° 24.639′ N, 91° 6.884′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from Essen Lane (State Road 3064) south of Interstate 10, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tyrone Slave Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Cane Grinder (a few steps from this marker); Single Pen Slave Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Single-Pen Slave Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Split-Cypress Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Double-Pen Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Also see . . . LSU Rural Life Museum. (Submitted on December 31, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2017.