Hop Fest Overview
The Madison County Historical Society is pleased to celebrate over 200 years of hop heritage in Madison County. Madison County's own resident, James Coolidge, introduced commercial hop growing to New York State in 1808 by bringing a rootstock from New England. His success enticed area farmers who took up planting acres of hops. The hop industry in New York State exploded in 1828 with eleven counties raising hops. Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties raised the most- nearly 80% in the nation by 1880. The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past and possible future of the hop industry. The 18th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society and the NYS Barn Coalition is September 13-15!
Sept. 13- Paired Hop Dinner (6pm) The Hamilton Inn. Join the historical society for an exceptional meal paired with Good Nature Brewing. Brewery owners- Carrie Blackmore and Matt Whalen will be at the dinner to talk about the paired meal. Reserve your seat by 9/6. Tickets are $55. Cocktail Hour-Artisanal Cheese and Cured Meat Display, House Made Pickles & Condiments, Flatbread Crackers-Paired With Good Nature Blonde-To Begin… A Welcome From The Kitchen Warm Buttermilk Biscuits with Salted Maple Butter, Deviled Eggs with Chives and Sea Salt. 1st Course-Low Country She Crab Soup, Jumbo Lump Crab, Tobiko, Green Onion -Paired with Rabbit In The Rye PA-2nd Course-Braised Mustard Green and Pork Shank Ravioli, “Potlikker” Broth. 3rd Course-Grilled Jumbo Prawn, Charred Sweet Corn Grits, Andouille, Roasted Tomato, Creole Butter Sauce-Paired with American Brown Ale-4th Course-Upside Down Chocolate-Cherry Cake, Vanilla Mascarpone, Tart Cherry Sauce, Cherry Ice Cream-Paired with Sour Bourbon Brown-
Sept. 14- on-site at the Madison County Historical Society (9:30 am - 5:30pm) Free admission- featured guest speakers- Al Bullard (9:30 am & 4:15pm), Cynthia Falk (10:30 am), Milton Sernett (2:15 pm) and Steve Miller (3:15pm). There will also be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association, Salt City Brew Club, exhibits on the history of hops, crowning of the 2013 Hop King (2pm), Hamilton Inn presents Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing(12-2), and of course craft beer sampling(2:30-5:30 pm). Throughout the afternoon purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer related merchandise. Visit the Hopshop to purchase hop plants and event shirts! Visit with NEHA, Foothill Hops, Madison County AED and Great Lake Brewing News.
Hamilton Inn presents Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing (12-2 pm) featuring appetizers from the following restaurants: Colgate Inn, Hamilton Inn, Lincklaen House, Madison Bistro, Phoebe's Restaurant and Ye Olde Landmark Tavern. Advance Tickets $20/$25 at the door.
(2 pm) Come see who will be crowned Hop Fest King 2013.
Craft Beer Sampling (2:30-5:30 pm) will surely be enjoyed by all from this line-up so far: Butternuts, Cortland Beer, Cooperstown, Empire, Good Nature Brewing, Erie Canal Brewing, Ithaca, Magic Hat, Middle Ages, Ommegang, Saranac and Sackets Harbor, Rouge, Abita, Goose Island, Southern Tier, Lagunitas, Osakar Blue, Strong Bow Cider- more to be added! Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Advance tickets $25/$30 at the door. Tickets available at MCHS, Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton, Kraig's Kegs in Sherrill Canastota Hometown Specialties and Cortland Beer Company.
Sept. 15- Come join us for an Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses (9am- 3pn). The tour promises to be a fun day of architectural history of barns and enjoyment of a five course hop inspired meal prepared by the Copper Turret. Tickets are $62. Reserve your seat by 9/6. This tour will commence and finish with a hop house, each about 2 miles from the other. It will include early barns that remain free standing and ones that have been built into dairy farm complexes. All have been modified to some extent to serve changing agricultural needs and one is a total replacement. The area of the tour is just south of what was the Cherry Valley Turnpike, and the barns are all situated parallel or perpendicular to the roads, which follow the original survey grid. The neighborhood also boarders on the Nelson Swamp, historically an impressive source of white pine and cedar, and the adjacent forested slopes with beech and hemlock after the chestnut was used up. We will enter and look at a variety of early and later 19th century frames and discuss their volumetric proportions and how timber was hewn and sawn according to a layout system, including an example of scribe rule. The houses and dooryards which accompany the barns will be observed from the outside, including the oldest house in the Town of Nelson.
Carl Stearns, Preservation Architect from Crawford & Stearns and Randy Nash, owner of New York Barn Company will lead the tour and share their vast knowledge on the development of the barns in CNY and the role of the hop industry in New York State. Tour participants are asked to meet at the Cornell Co- Operative Extension office located at 100 Eaton Street in Morrisville at 9 am.
Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. The tradition of promoting the art of craft brewing and the influence of the hop industry on New York State continues at the Madison County Hop Fest. We appreciate your support in our efforts to share New York State's hop culture. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 18th Annual Madison County Hop Fest!
For more information and to purchase tickets call the society, or visit us at www.mchs1900.org. There is no admission to attend Hop Fest. Admission is charged for Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops presented by The Hamilton Inn, Beer Sampling and Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses. Must be at least 21 to enter the events where beer is served. Proper ID required for entrance to all areas where beer is served! Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the craft beer sampling tent.
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James D. Coolidge, native of Stowe in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, bought a farm in 1808 a half mile southeast of Bouckville in Madison County. There he planted New York's first commercial hops from hop roots from his neighbor Solomon Root. Today, Coolidge's hop yard is the main field where the Madison Bouckville Antique Show takes place each year. Coolidge has been credited for introducing commercial hops to the region because he was the first to transport a load of hops to the New York City market in 1816. By commercializing hops, Coolidge established a commercial agricultural connection between the hop fields of Central New York and the agricultural commodity marketplace. (Cultural Resource Survey of Hop Heritage Sites in Madison County, Nell Ziegler). Many Madison County farmers turned their fields over into commercial hop yards. Following suit were neighboring counties- Montgomery, Schoharie, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer, and Oneida. Madison County led hop production in the 1820s, but within two decades Otsego County took the lead. In 1860, hop growers were producing a ton of hops per acre and sold it for a $1,000 a ton. The price of hops did fluctuate over the years, ranging from 3 cents per pound to $1.13 per pound. By 1880, Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties were producing over 80% of the nation's hops. The last commercial hop yard in Madison County was the Keith Eisaman farm in Lincoln.
Guest Speaker Program Descriptions:
(9:30 am & 4:15 pm) Al Bullard, Hop Historian will examine specialized farm implements used in the hop trade and highlight structures in the landscape that may have been buildings used in the 19th and 20th C. hop industry. He will also explain the use of the Hop House Survey to describe the components of the structure. Al Bullard is a retired teacher from Cooperstown with a graduate degree in Museum Management and Folklife Studies. He has been studying hop history and collecting hop tools for 36 years. Al collects tools used in the production of hops and likes demonstrating how the tools were used. Al has been a consultant for hop exhibits in New York State and also for the American Hop Museum in the state of Washington. Bullard was crowned the Madison County Hop King in 2005 due to his four decades of generous sharing of information on hop culture. Al will have with him hop items of interest and encourages individuals to bring implements that he will help them identify. In 2006, the Madison County Historical Society received a grant from the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts to conduct a Cultural Resource Survey on Hop Heritage Sites. The hop kiln survey developed by Al Bullard was helpful with identifying the related hop sites.
(10:30) Cynthia Falk, author, will present a programon her book Barns of New York that explores and celebrates the agricultural and architectural diversity of the Empire State-from Long Island to Lake Erie, the Southern Tier to the North Country-providing a unique compendium of the vernacular architecture of rural New York. Through descriptions of the appearance and working of representative historic farm buildings, Barns of New York also serves as an authoritative reference for historic preservation efforts across the state. Cynthia G. Falk connects agricultural buildings-both extant examples and those long gone-with the products and processes they made and make possible. Great attention is paid not only to main barns but also to agricultural outbuildings such as chicken coops, smokehouses, and windmills. Falk further emphasizes the types of buildings used to support the cultivation of products specifically associated with the Empire State, including hops, apples, cheese, and maple syrup.
Enhanced by more than two hundred contemporary and historic photographs and other images, this book provides historical, cultural, and economic context for understanding the rural landscape. In an appendix are lists of historic farm buildings open to the public at living history museums and historic sites. Through a greater awareness of the buildings found on farms throughout New York, readers will come away with an increased appreciation for the state's rich agricultural and architectural legacy.
Cynthia G. Falk is Associate Professor of Material Culture in the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta.
(2:15) Dr. Milton C. Sernett, author, will present a program based on his book, author of Farm: An Illustrated Walk Through Agricultural History with New York State's ‘Best Farmer’--Jared Van Wagenen, Jr. “His book focuses on changes in American farming with the master farmer Jared Van Wagenen, Jr., as guide and mentor.”
Dr. Milton C. Sernett received the M. A. & Ph.D. in American History from the University of Delaware (1969; 1972. He joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 1975 after teaching church history for three years at Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois. Sernett is currently Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. His principal areas of teaching and research have been African American religious history, the American South, the abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad, and American social reform movements. He has been a member of the New York State Freedom Trail Commission and is on the Cabinet of Freedom of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, Peterboro, New York. Sernett has published fifteen books and numerous scholarly essays. Now retired, Dr. Sernett has published books on topics as diverse as a history of cheesemaking, the transition from horsepower to tractors on American farms, and a study of the origin of the Holstein breed of dairy cattle.
(3:15) Steve Miller, NYS First Hop Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, has over three decades of experience with Cornell working with the commercial vegetable and horticulture industries in New York. His program will discuss the recent developments of hops in New York State.
Steve Miller has a bachelor degree from SUNY ESF in Syracuse and masters from Clemson University. He has conducted research on diseases of vegetable crops at the NYS Ag Experiment Station in Geneva and conducted education programs for the commercial horticulture industry for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oneida and Madison Counties.