Enjoy a taste of
spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 40th annual Maple Sugar Time
The event will run
on two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4 and
In addition to the
free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm,
a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton
One-hour tours will
start every 20 minutes on each day. Learn how American Indians first boiled
maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make
syrup. Then stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still
boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s.
Try your hand too
at drilling a tap hole and lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned
yoke, or just enjoy a free taste of pure maple syrup. Then warm up in the
farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and
sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water,
will be available for sale on site. You can even learn how to make maple
syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to
make syrup today.
Chellberg Farm is
located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12
information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
call ()219) 395-1882.