Croghan, Lewis County
Maple sugaring is a passion for Haskell and Jane Yancey, whose ancestors first tapped trees on the Yancey farmstead in 1844. They and their children–Beth, Tim, and Cathy–represent the fourth and fifth generations to make maple syrup on the Yancey farm. Over the years, the Yanceys have resisted pressures to convert to the use of plastic tubing and vacuum pumps for gathering sap, and remain one of the few sugarbush operators who continue to gather with buckets and horse-drawn tanks. Much of the equipment they use to gather sap from their over 5,000 maple trees dates to the first half of the 20th century, and their 1920s-era evaporators are fueled by wood cut on their woodlot. Each maple season the sugarbush becomes a social mecca for family, friends, hired hands, and visitors new and old who come to watch the sugaring—and take home syrup and maple candy—year after year.