Maple Sugar Days Festival

March 28 & 29, 2015

Special Note: The date for this event has changed to March 28 & 29, 2015. 

10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Sap bucket on a tree © Nellie Hovel, Mass Audubon

It's sugarin' time in the Blue Hills! Join us as we make maple syrup in the traditional way at beautiful DCR Brookwood Farm in Canton.

Put on your boots and flannel shirt and join in the fun! Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from the bubbling sap. Savor the taste of real maple syrup. Activities for all ages.

This event features a self-guided tour over flat, level terrain. Plan on spending at least an hour and a half.


  • Maple Lane: Brookwood Farm is home to a quarter-mile long drive lined with majestic century-old Sugar Maple Trees. Be sure to peek into the buckets and see how the sap is running!
  • Maple Time Line: Stations along Maple Lane tell the story of how people figured out how to get sugar from a tree, and how maple sugar played a role in American history. Use a hand drill to “tap” a tree.
  • Sugar Shack: See how watery sap is turned into sweet syrup and find out if you can tell the difference between real and artificial maple syrup.
  • Historic Barn: See demonstrations of how traditional woodworking tools and techniques were used to restore this eighteenth century barn by students from the North Bennet Street School.
  • Blacksmiths: Watch blacksmiths from Prospect Hill Forge use their ancient craft to wrought iron.
  • Games and Activities for Kids (and the young at heart)
  • Food available for purchase


Parking for the event is located at the Houghton's Pond main parking lot on Hillside Street. Take exit 3 off I-93, north on Blue Hill River Road, and turn right at the T intersection with Hillside Street. The Houghton's Pond lot will be on your right in a quarter mile. Shuttle buses depart from this lot at approximately 10-minute intervals throughout the day.

Only handicap-accessible parking is available at Brookwood Farm. Turn left at the intersection with Hillside Street and the entrance to the farm will be on your left in approximately half a mile.


Adults & children: $6 per person

For more information, please call the museum at 617-333-0690 or Reservation Headquarters at 617-698-1802