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Chapter 5
Tories and Reformers
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
A Picture of Prosperity and Contentment
The Most Pleasant Season
Maple Sugar Time
The Road to Rebellion
A Post Office and a Name on the Map
Colonel Moodie Rides Down Yonge Street
Rebels and Loyalists
Life and Death after the Rebellion
Aftermath of Rebellion
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Epilogue
Appendices
Table of Illustrations
Index

Maple Sugar Time

The farmers here make their own maple sugar in March when the heat of the sun melts the snow and at night hard frost, the maple trees will run a pail full of sap during the heat of the day. With a three-quarter of an inch Auger they bore about one half inch into the tree, a little more than through the bark, and with a gouge make a little cut under the hole and put a little piece of pine board into the cut projecting out from the tree so that the sap will run along the board and drop into a block of pine which is cut out so that it will hold a pail full of sap.

They carry the sap to a place where they boil it into molasses in large boilers, then turn the molasses into a smaller kettle, then boiling it until it crystalizes, they then pour it into something that is wider at the mouth than at the bottom (such as a basin) until it cools, then tumbling it out when it is a firm lump of sugar, equal to any Muscavado Sugar, and as clear in colour.

David Gibson of Markham Mills, 1827. Local History Collection, Richmond Hill Public Library

 

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