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Contact: Melinda Day, 304-535-6063
On Saturday and Sunday October 24th and 25th from 11am to 4pm, park visitors are invited to join the Living History staff and volunteers for “Drink Your Apples: Roeder’s Tavern Cider Making, 1860.” Make cider at Roeder’s White Hall Tavern on Potomac Street. This time- honored tradition produced the most popular 19th century beverages for men, women & children.
Harpers Ferry’s White Hall Tavern proprietor, German immigrant Frederick Roeder, brought his brewing and baking expertise with him to America. Both processes were dependent on the cultivation and use of hops. Roeder’s 1860 tavern offered patrons a fine assortment of distilled and fermented beverages.
Annual cider house pressings were consumed as fresh cider, fermented hard cider by the introduction of yeast, or distilled hard cider--a process that concentrated the alcohol content. Both alcohol methods preserved this popular fall beverage to be enjoyed far into the dark and cold winter days that were ahead.
For further information, call Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at (304) 535-6029.