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Fall Colors and Apple Cider at Central Mine

The vibrant colors coming in on the trees, which mean it’s officially fall, and in the Keweenaw that means fun, family and apple cider. In that spirit, the Keweenaw County Historical Society is inviting everyone out to the Central Mine on Saturday for a good old-fashioned cider pressing. Tom Hall, a volunteer for the event, says that Central Mine has a lot of history and stories to tell.

So Central Mine is just north of Us-41 opposite from Gratiot Lake road. When the mine closed, I want to say in 1898, the buildings remained and some people for a while. Eventually al that area was taken over by C & H, Calumet – Hecla. But the buildings that are still existing, existed this long because they were used as camps for over 100 years. – Tom Hall

There are apple trees that you can pick spread throughout the property, but organizers suggest you bring you own bushel of apples to press.

Its really a family function. And I think I mentioned that earlier, that’s one of the joys I get out of the whole cider making process is the smiles on the faces of the kids. You can drive around the area, most of the acreage around that area is owned by the historical society. So you can pick some of the apples on the trees or you can bring apples with you. – Tom Hall

Attendees are asked to limit their bushels.  Each bushel makes 2 gallons of cider. Hall said the society will not hold a picnic this year due to the COVID pandemic. But attendees are welcome to enjoy a hike to the top of the bluff. Which provides an incredible view across the peninsula. The cost for pressing cider is $6, or $5 for society members. The event starts at 10 a.m. in Central, MI, and goes until 3 p.m. Turn Left onto Central Rd, across from Gratiot Lake Rd off of US-41. Cider pressing will take place at the first home on your right just past the intersection of Stagecoach Rd. and Central Rd.

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