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Historic and Primitive Skills
A Step Back Into Ozark Life
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Maramec Spring Hatchery
21304 Maramec Spring Dr
Saint James, MO 65559
(573) 265-7801
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MDC is hosting "A Step Back Into Ozark Life" event at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, September 23. Sorghum molasses making, Dutch oven cooking, and wooden stir paddles are some of the Ozark crafts the public can enjoy participating in. Public can assist MDC staff in stripping sorghum cane of leaves and then feeding it through mill which extracts the fluid. The fluid is then heated by fire &/or steam which condenses it into a sticky sweet fluid called sorghum molasses. A steam engine will power the sorghum mill using a drive belt as well as provide steam to heat one of the condensing pans. Public can sample the final product with biscuits cooked in Dutch ovens along with fresh molasses cookies. Wooded stir paddles will be made on site with the same tools utilized by early settlers in the Ozarks. This is a wonderful program for all ages to see how people of the Ozark made life a little "sweeter" with resources they could grow. There is a $5 park entrance fee per vehicle, per day. Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation. Registration in advance is preferred but will accept registration on-site. You are free to come and go as you please since the process of making sorghum molasses takes hours. Dwight Warnke

Location Information

Maramec Spring Hatchery and Trout Park


6 Miles SE of Saint James on Highway 8

Cancellation Policies:

You must cancel your registration before Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Age Policy:

This event is open to all ages.