Even though I went early this morning, Bradley House Museum was pretty busy with visitors. They are running Maple Madness all week, and will likely be packed every day. The museum is a collection of three buildings showing the development of dwellings by settlers during the nineteenth century. First came the log cabin, then the clapboard house with extensions, which you can see in my first photo of the rather brightly painted yellow Bradley House c. 1830, and finally, a more finished and decorated home, complete with dormer windows and sidelights around the front door.
Today, and the rest of the week, will be devoted to the collecting and making of maple syrup. First the trees have to be tapped and a bucket put in place to collect the sap.
The museum has a large collection of old buckets on show. Once enough sap is collected, it is boiled down to produce the syrup.
Then it can be poured on snow to make taffy, or used instead of sugar for pretty much anything. Inside Bradley House, a warm fire was burning and a lady was making maple cookies.
We are very lucky to so have so much local history preserved, and what better way to experience it than a day at Maple Madness. The colours, smells, tastes, and textures are vivid reminders of days-gone-by.