the answer to yesterday's what is this:
the grinder used to grind sugar cane and make cane syrup, Sorghum syrup and molasses. Per the grinder at the event, the product is all the same but it is the length of time it is cooked. 8 hours for syrup, 20 for Sorghum and more for molasses. the longer it is cooked the stronger it gets and keep cooking and it turns into brown sugar..
congrats to Catherine and Squirrelqueen for guessing and I think Ginny and Bev knew but held off to let others guess. click on the photo to see the sugar cane
My dad used to cut the cane into small pieces after he peeled it and we would chew on it like gum.
Above is a photo of the fireplace used to boil the juice from grinding the sugar cane. this photo was taken at Manatee Historical village last year. It would take a lot of wood to cook it for 8 hours or more and be a lot of hard work. I love home made cane syrup, but not enough to stir a pot for hours and hours.
The historical marker states these facts about the plantation.
In 1842, as the Second Seminole War drew to a conclusion, Major Robert Gamble, Jr.,established a sugar cane plantation along the banks of the Manatee River as did others including Hector and Joseph Braden, William Craig and William Wyatt. By 1850 Major Gamble's plantation included over 3,000 acres of land, one hundred slaves and a sugar mill that housed the best sugar processing machinery than available in the south. During the 1840s and early 1850s, Gamble was the leading producer of sugar and molasses in Florida. Falling prices and steadily mounting debts finally forced Major Gamble to sell the plantation to two Louisiana planters in 1858. With the outbreak of the Civil War, these men terminated their operation and after selling most of the slaves and machinery, they abandoned the plantation. In 1873, the Mansion and approximately 3,000 acres of land were purchased at public auction by George Patten but the sugar mill was not restored to operation at this or any subsequent time. Sponsored by the Manatee County Historical Society in cooperation with the Department of State 1973