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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sorghum Mill and Furnace

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
1. Sorghum Mill and Furnace Marker
Farmers used Horses, mules, or oxen to power sorghum mills.
Inscription. Sorghum cane, a corp grown on many mountain farms, was used to produce sorghum molasses. The cane fed between the rollers of the animal-powered cane mill, which squeezed out the juice.The juice was then boiled over the furnace until it turned into thick,dark,stringy molasses.Ten gallons of juice yielded about one gallon of molasses."Long sweetening,"as it was called,was used in dozens of recipes and as syrup.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 30.733′ N, 83° 18.26′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on Route 441 half a mile from Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at Mountain Farm Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corn Cribs (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Apple House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Meathouse (about 300 feet away); Mountain Farm Museum (about 400 feet away); Civilian Conservation Corps
Sorghum Mill and Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2012
2. Sorghum Mill and Furnace Marker
The marker is seen here near the mill and furnace.
(about 800 feet away); Mingus Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cut and Run (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Sorghum Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
3. Sorghum Furnace
Sorghum Mill image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
4. Sorghum Mill
Sorghum Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
5. Sorghum Furnace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,405 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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