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Maple Syrup Day 2020 at Hartwick Pines State Park, Tapping Demonstrations and other maple syrup-related activities, 10pm-4pm. There is no cost to enter the event, however, you must have a Michigan Recreation Passport to enter the park.
Hartwick Pines State Park is 9672 acres which serves to protect a variety of forest types, the most famous of which is a parcel of about 40 acres of original old growth white pine. The original 8236 acres was donated by a woman named Karen Hartwick in 1927. She was married to Edward Hartwick, who died during WWI in France. He was originally a logger in the area who was a part of the Salling Hanson Logging Company who logged much of the area in the early 1900’s and late 1800’s. When he died, Karen decided to preserve this area as a place for people to enjoy for years to come in her husbands honor. Her only stipulations were that they protect the land and that there be a memorial built in Mr. Hartwick’s honor. That memorial was known as the Memorial building and was built by the CCC. In the 90’s, the building was closed to the public and has only recently been reopened to the public.
Each year, Hartwick Pines offers a number of fun and exciting events including Maple Syrup Day, Woodshaving Days, Black Iron Days and many other which celebrate the history of the park, the logging era, as well as the rich natural resources in the park and throughout northern Michigan.
Make sure you get out and enjoy the beauty and rich history the state of Michigan has to offer and take advantage of great events like Maple Syrup Day 2020.