•  Dori Ross of Fayston, Vt. has created an online database of abandoned sugarhouses.

  •  An abandoned sugarhouse near Colrain, Mass. A Vermont woman has created an online database of old sugarhouses.

On the lookout for abandoned sugarhouses

Vermont woman creates online database

By PETER GREGG | MAY 7, 2021

FAYSTON, Vt.—A Vermont woman is starting a database of abandoned sugarhouses.
Dori Ross is the founder of The Sugarhouse Project, an online registery of old sugarhouses.
“I have spent a lot of time with old sugarmakers in their sugarhouses, talking to them and listening to their stories,” Ross said.  “This rich history needs to be preserved somehow.”
Sugarmakers who have an abandoned sugarhouse in their sugarbush can go to the Project’s website and register their structure.
“The hope is some of these old sugarhouses can be saved before they disappear and the sugaring history with them,” Ross said.