Demonstrations occur periodically around Heritage Village throughout the year and during special events.
The demonstration shed area includes a smoke house, sugar cane mill and boiling shed, and blacksmith and woodworking areas.
Sugar Cane Mill & Boiling Shed
In order to extract juice from a sugar cane plant, workers fed sugar cane stalks between two rollers and caught the crushed cane on the other side. The cane juice flowed from the grinder into a barrel.
Workers rolled the full barrel to the boiling shed and emptied it into a cast iron kettle at the boiling shed. A fire at the back of the boiling shed, tended with a long rake, swirled heat around and under the kettle of syrup making an even temperature. The longer the syrup boiled, the thicker it became.
It takes 10 gallons of sugar cane juice to make 1 gallon of syrup.
The Largo Area Historical Society operates the Sugar Cane Mill & Boiling Shed at special events.