West Hill Sugar Orchard

Maple Syrup Gathered by Bucket & Boiled Over a Wood Fire

Sugar House Restoration Donation

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Sugar House Restoration Donation

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The West Hill Sugar Orchard is raising funds to restore and preserve its sugar house. The building, which dates to the 1930’s, has undergone few updates since its construction. As a result crucial aspects of the building’s structure are in need of repair or replacement. The need for structural repairs became pressing during the 2018 season necessitating the early halt to the sugaring lest we lose the beloved sugar house. We are now raising funds to complete the following repairs and updates.

  • The building was built on wooden sills resting on the ground. These sills have largely rotted and disintegrated leaving the building above unstable. We plan to dig and pour a full foundation with frost walls for the sugar house to stand upon. This new foundation will give the building a strong base to guard the structure from water damage as well as frost heaving which pushes the evaporator out of level. The construction of the concrete foundation will also enable the sugar house to become certified by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, although we will preserve the wooden flooring over this to ensure the character of the building is preserved.

  • The frame structure of the building has rotted, split and deteriorated in places, particularly on the uphill side of the building. As a results the walls and roof are bowing and becoming unstable. We plan to replace the ruined aspects of the structure to stabilize the building and make it structurally sound. This will make the building safe as well as save it for generations to come.

To complete these and several smaller repairs we need to raise $20,000. These funds will cover the expense for materials as well as that labor our team is unqualified to complete.

Each contribution is greatly appreciated and will be honored at the sugar house for posterity. For donations of $25 or more we will paint your name or initials (your choice) on the side of the sap-tank shelter abutting the sugar house. For donations of $100 or more we will also inscribe your name onto ‘Founders Board’ displayed in the sugar house. For donations of $1000 or more we will send you a gallon of syrup with an unique hand printed label and West Hill Sugar Orchard flannel in addition to inscribing your name on the founders board and sap-tank shelter.

We are committed to preserving the history and character of the sugar house we all love. We assure you that the sugar house appearance will not significantly change, (perhaps it will be slightly straighter as we repair the structure). If you have any questions concerning the restoration please do not hesitate to contact us at westhillsugarorchard@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

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The sugar house is the heart of the Orchard. It is the place where the magic happens which turns sap into syrup, where friends and visitors gather in the maple steam by the warmth of the evaporator. It is as vital to the sugaring tradition as the maple trees that give us sap and we are fortunate to have use of such a beloved sugar house. Moreover, the sugar house on West Hill has been a landmark, enjoyed throughout the year. Yet it is showing its years and requires some immediate attention lest this the building becomes irreparably ruined. Walls are leaning, some of the studs and floor sills are rotten, and several trusses need to be rejoined.

Our goal is to preserve this landmark with its character for future generations. We would like to stress that, all repairs made to the building will be done to maintain the character, appearance and history of the building. Most of the work will be done to the foundation of the building which will not be visible. Repairs that will be visible shall be completed in a manner that keeps with the character and history of the sugar house.


We greatly appreciate your help in saving the sugar house. In return for your donation, your name shall be added to our Founders Board, posted within the sugar house.


If you have any questions concerning the restoration, please do not hesitate to contact us at westhillsugarorchard@gmail.com

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