Annual 'Old South Day' in Ochlocknee

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By: Alicia Turner
November 12, 2015 - 5:05 pm

OCHLOCKNEE, Ga. -- Have you ever just wanted to take a trip back in time, and see what it was like when life was a little simpler? If you want to see history up close and personal, then you'll definitely want to head out to 'Old South Day' in Ochlocknee, Georgia.

It's a cane syrup recipe passed down through the generations. First it’s put through the grinder. Then cooked to boiling hot temperatures. Finally it’s poured into a glass bottled and labeled for sale.

"At the turn of the 20th century, Ochlocknee was one of the largest producers in the nation of cane syrup,” Sharon Herring explained.

This year, volunteers will hand make more than 250 gallons of cane syrup. They do it in this open kitchen for everyone see.

"I love watching them make the syrup,” said John Huddleston.

Huddleston told Eyewitness News he’s been coming to Old South Day for nearly a decade. He travels all the way from Washington state just to make it.

It’s like opening a door to the past. Old South Day is a chance to experience what life was like back in the day. The days when you stood by an open fire to warm up, and dinner was whatever roamed outside. Soon hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will line the opened field where the event is held.

"It’s like coming back home," said Huddleston.

39 years later and Old South Day is still preserving history.

"It brings back so many memories to me. I have a daughter and two granddaughters from Bristol, Tennessee down here. They can't believe that we lived in houses like that, and drank water out of a well,” said Cousin Arthur.

Old South Day kicks off Saturday, November 14th, at 6 a.m. There will also be a large display of arts and crafts, including a drawing to win a quilt that was stitched by a 92-year-old woman.

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