After we finished with the Luginbill House, we went over to the Cheese House. We learned how they made the Amish cheese which was interesting. Did you know they have to boil the milk in a copper pot and check the constancy later with a silver spoon? It’s interesting how they knew how the metals interacted with the different steps of the cheese making process.
Next we went over to the Apple Cider Press. When it was in operation, it was the biggest apple cider press in the United States. It was not original to the Berne area but was moved to the Heritage Center from a place within 40 miles away.
The press barn was rather dark so I apologize for the quality of some of the photos.
F. William Hauenstein built this press during the Civil War. The pressing beam was oak that at time was about 300 years old so it was already growing when Christopher Columbus arrived in the West Indies.
After visiting the Cider Press, we left the Heritage Center to go watch the glockenspiel at the clock tower. Then we came back to enjoy the rest of the tour with Char.
Join me next time when we’ll visit the church and doctor’s office at the Swiss Heritage Center.