Sounds Of The Cider Mill

The distinctive cadence of the timeworn motor on VWHH’s cider mill sounds like fall to us!  The late 19th/early 20th century Ames Plow Company double tub cider mill (electric motor is a  later addition) is composed of a grinder run by an electric motor that first chops up the fruit and a hand-turned press that then squeezes out the juice. Together, the grinder and press equal a “mill.” In recent years VWHH has been able to produce up to 18 gallons of cider from apples grown on the Homestead grounds. Click on the video to hear it in action!