The Hurry Hill Maple Farm Association has developed wonderful experiences for visitors–children, families, sugar makers or anyone curious about nature’s pure product. The maple sugaring process, natural and cultural history, lore and legend are on display with entertaining events, educational activities and exhibits.
The Maple Museum is a new feature where young and old can see, touch, taste, and listen to the past while learning about an important part of Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage.
A museum highlight is the story of the Newbery Medal award-winning book Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen. An extensive exhibit shows the people and places in the Edinboro and Cambridge Springs area the author used in the book. The classic story is a significant contribution to the education of school children and maple sugaring communities.
Janet Woods, a life-long maple syrup producer, is the president of our association. With her guidance and the help of numerous volunteer hours, we have put together a world class maple museum that you can tour for free. (Please check the opening hours). When you come to our events you can see her crew hang 800 buckets. Visitors can watch Ms. Woods in the sugar shack as she uses a wood-fired 4×16-foot Leader Special Evaporator in the 1958 family sugarhouse to boil sap into delicious maple syrup. The rustic building in the sugarbush has no electricity but produces between 225-440 gallons of syrup in a season.
Our association partners every year with the Northwest PA Maple Association Taste & Tour weekend held during the maple sugaring season; every year all of the local sugar houses are open for free for visitors to see the many ways that maple syrup is made. From 400 visitors in 2004, the number increased to nearly 2,500 in 2010. An estimated 8,000 people have toured the Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum during the free event.
Every year in March on the Taste & Tour weekend, visitors can walk or take a wagon ride to the sugarhouse where they can enjoy a 20-minute demonstration on making maple syrup. There’s free maple hot chocolate for everyone who wants to try it.
Donations to the association are welcome. We are a a qualified 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.