Following the art museum, we mosied (one can mosey in a town like Fayette) over to the Golden Eagle Syrup Manufacturing Plant. On the way, the Fayette natives pointed out a restaurant that I “just have to try” some time. I pointed out the “For Sale” sign over the door that my friend had not noticed. As we walked to the syrup plant, we got to talking about the economy and how quickly things are changing. It just made me sad.
After a short walk, our group piled into the Golden Eagle lobby to hear their story.
Back in the late 20s, Mr. Victor Patterson began experimenting with syrup recipes in an effort to create a syrup that didn’t upset his stomach. His recipe was so good that friends and family wanted some of their own. Golden Eagle began in his kitchen, then later, as demand increased, moved to an out building in his backyard.
In the 1940s, Golden Eagle moved to their current building.
Golden Eagle is still a family-owned business, but it is no longer owned by the Patterson family. The following picture shows one of the current owners. She is a precious woman. I could have listened to her talk about syrup all day. She shared with us a children’s book that mentions Golden Eagle Syrup. Little boy in a small town + Grandma + homemade biscuits + syrup + “I’ll always remember” = tears. I’m such a sucker for a sentimental children’s story. Or maybe I was already feeling emotional from our conversation as we walked to the plant.
Here she is showing us the earliest Golden Eagle cans and jars. The oldest jar of syrup they have is from the 1960s. She said that if we opened it, it would taste just as good as what they’re bottling today. Unlike some syrups, Golden Eagle never turns to sugar. I’m not quite sure what that means as syrup doesn’t last that long at my house.
Then we got to go into the packaging area. It hasn’t changed since the 60s when they purchased the machinery to make the system more automatic. Only four people are needed to process the jars of syrup. They process 6 jars at a time.
The syrup going in….yummm!
Waiting on a box…
This is our awesome group of kids!! Each one is holding a small jar of syrup.
After the syrup plant it was time for lunch, but first we walked over to the Fayette Historical Society…