Maple syrup has been made on both sides of the Gemmill/Paul/Wilson family for over 100 years.
The Gemmill family of Snow Road, purchased the first building (a blacksmiths shop) and turned it into a sugarcamp in 1909 where David and Marion Gemmill began making maple syrup. Eldred Gemmill, was the oldest son of David and Marion Gemmill. He made syrup with the family, and then continued making syrup on his own farm on Eldreds Road. The farm at Eldreds Road is the current homestead farm of the 2nd and 3rd generation of sugarmakers on the Gemmill side of the family. Thelma Paul, daughter of Eldred Gemmill, made maple syrup with her father, and then continued to make maple syrup with her husband Delmer Paul. Erwin Paul and Beth Paul represent the 4th and 5th generation of sugarmakers on the Gemmill side of the family and continue to live on the homestead farm. The old Gemmill sugarcamp remains on the property at Eldreds Road, McDonalds Corners. A large majority of the maple trees are on the Gemmill Homestead Farm.
The Youngest Sugarmaker
The youngest surgarmaker is Beth Paul – who has grown up in the sugarcamp with Mom and Dad, and Grandma and Grandpa, learning the art of sugarmaking. Beth is 8 years old, taps trees, fixes pipeline, and fills syrup in the sugarcamp. A true 5th generation little sugarmaker!
Syrup continues to be made by Delmer and Erwin Paul (Father and Son), under the banner of Century Maple.
The current sugarcamp is located on Delmer Paul’s farm at 911, 2nd Concession North Sherbrooke.