Maple History

Maple Timeline

1557
The first written accounts of maple sugaring in North America are recorded.
1600s
The first European settlers learn the art of maple sugaring from the Native Americans.
Late 1700s
Maple sugar gains in popularity among colonists, due to its long shelf-life and ease of travel.
1791
Thomas Jefferson starts a maple plantation at Monticello, as many see maple sugar as an alternative to cane sugar, which is mostly produced using slave labor.
1818
Maple sugar sells for half the price of cane sugar
1860
Maple reaches its peak of production in the U.S., with 40 million pounds of sugar and 1.6 million gallons of syrup, according to states reporting to the USDA.
1861-1865
The maple syrup boom begins, as tools are invented to make the production and transport of maple syrup easier. The popularity of maple sugar begins to decline.
1885
Cane sugar becomes cheaper than maple sugar for the first time.
1905
The U.S. Pure Food and Drug Act makes adulteration of maple syrup with glucose illegal
1956
The sugar maple is named the state tree of New York
1959
The first plastic tubing for sap collection is introduced.
1970s
Reverse-osmosis technology is introduced, which helps concentrate the sugar content of the sap.
1997
Permanent tubing is introduced, which can be left in the woods year-round, making the tapping process much more efficient.
1999
The “health spout” is introduced, which leaves a smaller hole in the tree and heals faster with less damage.
2007
Robb Turner purchases the Madava Farms property to use as a vacation property for him and his family.
2010
The first maple sugaring season for Crown Maple.
2012
Madava Farms, the home of Crown Maple, opens to the public for tours and tastings.
2013
New York State produces nearly 600,000 gallons of maple syrup, making it the second largest producing state in the United States.
2013
Crown Maple is served at President Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon.
2014
Crown Maple continues to expand to retailers nationwide, including Amazon, Whole Foods, Dean & DeLuca and many more. Look for it at your local retailer.