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Rapids Cider Mill

Rapids Cider Mill The mill is not currently open to the public. However, we want this page to be a place where everyon

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We accomplished a lot this weekend! Most of the press is now in the press room!!
09/05/2022

We accomplished a lot this weekend! Most of the press is now in the press room!!

08/26/2022

Here is a photo of the Rapids Owl at its original location at the corner of Rapids and Plank Roads. It was originally at the Rapids Fire Department, but Fire Department building later became a bar called the Rapids Owl Inn. Photo is from the collections of the Niagara County Historian's Office.
I am working on a few Rapids research projects. Do you have stories or photographs about Rapids that you'd be willing to share? Places of particular interest are: The Owl Inn, Joseph Edwards and his Wigwam store, the Rapids Bible Church née Free Church, Mabel Bowen and her hotel, and Oliver Dietz and his Cider Mill, the Rapids school, and the Fire Department. Any leads appreciated! Feel free to comment or you can message me--or call/text 716-870-3911. Thank you!

The cider press we are restoring came from the Pyskaty farm in Lockport, NY. Recently, Beth Pyskaty came across her fami...
08/14/2022

The cider press we are restoring came from the Pyskaty farm in Lockport, NY. Recently, Beth Pyskaty came across her family's collection of old books on cider making. The Farquhar press book has been very helpful lately. Thank you again for these great books Beth Anne!

After cleaning and further inspection of the press stress rods, we found that rust had damaged the lower portion of the ...
08/07/2022

After cleaning and further inspection of the press stress rods, we found that rust had damaged the lower portion of the stress rods. We made the decision to make new stress rods because we didn't want the old ones to be a safety risk. The nuts on the lower stress rods were also rusted to the rods. Fortunately, the nuts are cast iron and we could save them. The shafts are 9 feet long, 2.5in diameter, and have 4 threads per inch. Bob Eisenberger is making the new stress rods at Warren Precision.

The original stove is back in the workshop! Carol Dietz Gambel and family donated the stove to the Rapids Cider Mill aft...
07/31/2022

The original stove is back in the workshop! Carol Dietz Gambel and family donated the stove to the Rapids Cider Mill after Paul Gambel kept it safe for many years. We are again feeling truly grateful for this donation!

Today we worked on the floor in the press room and then started moving in the press!
07/24/2022

Today we worked on the floor in the press room and then started moving in the press!

We're excited to get back to work on the cider mill. As some of you may already know, our family matriarch Mary Eisenber...
07/18/2022

We're excited to get back to work on the cider mill. As some of you may already know, our family matriarch Mary Eisenberger, passed away in January. She was diagnosed with cancer in late 2020 and we decided to spend as much time with her as we could last year. Now, we're back to restoring the press, cleaning up the press room, and making room in the workshop for the antique stove!

12/24/2021
When the Quonset hut was a farm supply store, Aaron Rankie's great-great-grandfather Edward Rankie purchased supplies fr...
06/14/2021

When the Quonset hut was a farm supply store, Aaron Rankie's great-great-grandfather Edward Rankie purchased supplies from Oliver Dietz. Take a look at Edward's receipts from the 1930's and 1940's. We are so happy that Aaron gave these receipts to us so we can preserve another piece of the mill's history!

Paul Gambel shared this awesome map with us! Can you find Rapids Cider Mill on the map? (Hint: look for #69)
06/09/2021

Paul Gambel shared this awesome map with us! Can you find Rapids Cider Mill on the map? (Hint: look for #69)

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays! May health, happiness, and prosperity be yours during this holiday season and ...
12/23/2020

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays! May health, happiness, and prosperity be yours during this holiday season and throughout the new year.

This picture was taken last winter. From left to right: Bob Eisenberger, Suzanne Eisenberger, Mary Eisenberger, Debbie Walters, Gary Eisenberger, and Harley.

Check out these great old photos of the inside of the mill!
10/29/2020

Check out these great old photos of the inside of the mill!

Look at all of those apples! Can you imagine how many gallons of cider were made here over the years?
10/18/2020

Look at all of those apples! Can you imagine how many gallons of cider were made here over the years?

The more we learn about the mill property, the more we realize how unique and special this place truly is. We had the pl...
10/11/2020

The more we learn about the mill property, the more we realize how unique and special this place truly is.

We had the pleasure of meeting Carol Dietz Gambel today when she visited with her son Paul Gambel. Both of them have shared so many great family stories and photos with us. It would have been impossible for us to piece everything back together without their help.

This first picture was taken when Carol was just a young girl. She is standing in front of the Quonset hut when her father Oliver Dietz opened it up as a farm supply store. He later sold John Deere tractors from this store.

We have more old photos coming soon, so stay tuned! ~ Suzanne Eisenberger

We have a lot of chestnuts this year!
09/30/2020

We have a lot of chestnuts this year!

The 100 year old platform scale is working again! Our neighbor Doug Payne from Gunboat Outfitters and his sons Brian and...
08/30/2020

The 100 year old platform scale is working again! Our neighbor Doug Payne from Gunboat Outfitters and his sons Brian and Steve serviced the scale today. Early on in Doug's career, he worked on these scales which were made in Buffalo. We appreciate the time they took to help us today and are so grateful to have Doug as part of our community.

We received another great donation tonight! The Chaffee family gave us the wood lathe that was used in the mill over 100...
08/25/2020

We received another great donation tonight! The Chaffee family gave us the wood lathe that was used in the mill over 100 years ago when William Heroy owned the mill. We believe it was used to make boat oars and ran off the steam power in the mill.

Everything is starting to look like it used to when the Dietz family ran the cider mill. The oldest part of the mill is ...
08/09/2020

Everything is starting to look like it used to when the Dietz family ran the cider mill. The oldest part of the mill is almost 170 years old. We're doing our part to make sure these buildings last another 170 years. ~ Suzanne Eisenberger

Exciting news! The stove comes back to the mill! Bob and Suzanne were looking for an antique stove to put in the mill bu...
06/18/2020

Exciting news! The stove comes back to the mill! Bob and Suzanne were looking for an antique stove to put in the mill but never thought the original stove would be back. Carol Dietz Gambel and family donated the stove back to the Rapids Cider Mill. This stove was originally in the mill when the Dietz family owned it. Paul Gambel kept it safe for many years. We are truly grateful for this donation!

Our recently acquired cider press came from the Pyskaty farm in Lockport, New York. The press was manufactured by A. B. ...
06/06/2020

Our recently acquired cider press came from the Pyskaty farm in Lockport, New York. The press was manufactured by A. B. Farquhar Company in the York, Pennsylvania plant and was sold by Monarch Machinery Co. It is from the same era and is roughly the same size as the original cider press that was used in the Rapids Cider Mill.

After Oliver and Hazel Dietz passed away in 1990 (of injuries suffered in an automobile accident) John Huffman purchased...
06/06/2020

After Oliver and Hazel Dietz passed away in 1990 (of injuries suffered in an automobile accident) John Huffman purchased the property. In 1996, Huffman sold the cider press from the Rapids Cider Mill to Smith's Orchard Cider Mill. The original press from the Rapids Cider Mill is still being used to make cider at Smith's Orchard Cider Mill. Visit them in the Fall and you will be able to see the former Rapids Cider Mill press in action!

It was a long and hot day but Rapids Cider Mill has a cider press again!!! More details and pictures will be posted soon...
06/05/2020

It was a long and hot day but Rapids Cider Mill has a cider press again!!! More details and pictures will be posted soon! ~ Suzanne Eisenberger

It's time for some paint.
05/23/2020

It's time for some paint.

Apple blossoms at Rapids Cider Mill ~ Suzanne Eisenberger
05/21/2020

Apple blossoms at Rapids Cider Mill ~ Suzanne Eisenberger

The mill is about to receive some sand bar willow, wetland rose, winterberry, river birch, and red oak seedlings! Pictur...
04/14/2020

The mill is about to receive some sand bar willow, wetland rose, winterberry, river birch, and red oak seedlings! Pictures will be posted when they are planted.
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Buffer in a Bag Acceptance
From: Randazzo, Andrew D (DEC) Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Hello,

If you are receiving this message, your Buffer in a Bag application has been fully approved and you will be receiving one bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings soon!

Each bag of seedlings will be mailed from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery to the address that you indicated on your application in late April to early May. Due to restrictions at the nursery due to COVID-19, harvesting, processing and shipping of the seedlings may be delayed. Please check your email regularly so that you can be up to date on the status of your delivery.

Once your seedlings arrive, please plant them as soon as possible or put them in cold-storage for no longer than two weeks. In your package we will be including information about tree protection, best planting practices and a sample planting layout.

Proof of planting in the form of photos is required. For those of you who agreed to allow us to share your photos on social media we will be using the photos to celebrate the National Association of State Foresters Centennial event, https://www.stateforesters.org/centennial/. We would love to have photos of you with your plantings, or even action shots to help us celebrate 100 years of effort to protect NY's forests.

Sincerely,
The Buffer in a Bag Team

Does anyone remember seeing these initials on the door leading into the press room? When Oliver Dietz was just a teenage...
02/09/2020

Does anyone remember seeing these initials on the door leading into the press room? When Oliver Dietz was just a teenager, he engraved his initials and his sweetheart Hazel Claude's initials in the wood. They were married for over 60 years. We hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day this week! ~Suzanne Eisenberger

Another peaceful morning at Rapids Cider Mill ~ Suzanne Eisenberger and Bob Eisenberger.
01/23/2020

Another peaceful morning at Rapids Cider Mill ~ Suzanne Eisenberger and Bob Eisenberger.

Oliver Dietz's grandson Paul shared quite a few old photos with Suzanne and Bob Eisenberger on New Year's Eve at the Rap...
01/01/2020

Oliver Dietz's grandson Paul shared quite a few old photos with Suzanne and Bob Eisenberger on New Year's Eve at the Rapids Cider Mill.

10/13/2019

The mill is not currently open to the public. However, we want this page to be a place where everyone can share their memories and stories of the former Dietz Cider Mill. When you get the chance, thank our friends at the Niagara County Historian’s Office, the Lockport Public Library, and the Lockport Town Historian for preserving many of the newspaper articles and photos of the mill. We are always looking for old photos and if you have any that you would like to share, please send them to [email protected] or share them to this page.

Stay tuned for updates as we restore and perform necessary maintenance on the mill. Over the last couple decades, the cider making equipment was taken out of the mill. The new owners want to bring the Rapids Cider Mill back to life with all of the old equipment! If you happen to know where any of the old items are, please let us know. Thank you!

Lamale, Bill. "Cider Time at the Rapids Mill." Courier-Express, 1 October 1967, p. 16.
09/28/2019

Lamale, Bill. "Cider Time at the Rapids Mill." Courier-Express, 1 October 1967, p. 16.

Photos on file at the Niagara County Historian's Office
09/28/2019

Photos on file at the Niagara County Historian's Office

Maps
09/28/2019

Maps

09/13/2019

The mill is not currently open to the public. However, we want this page to be a place where everyone can share their memories and stories of the former Dietz Cider Mill.

Timeline photos
09/12/2019

Timeline photos

It's that time of the year. Fresh apple cider made from home-grown Niagara County apples. Drink well-chilled or hot mulled with your choice of spices. That's Fran Swanson at Dietz's Cider Mill, Rapids, Town of Lockport. Building is still there, but it's no longer a cider mill. Anyone have memories of the place to share?

Address

7224 Tonawanda Creek Road
Lockport, NY
14094

Telephone

(716) 863-6804

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The mill is not currently open to the public. However, we want this page to be a place where everyone can share their memories and stories of the former Dietz Cider Mill. When you get the chance, thank our friends at the Niagara County Historian’s Office, the Lockport Public Library, and the Lockport Town Historian for preserving many of the newspaper articles and photos of the mill. We are always looking for old photos and if you have any that you would like to share, please send them to [email protected] or share them to this page.

Stay tuned for updates as we restore and perform necessary maintenance on the mill. Over the last couple decades, the cider making equipment was taken out of the mill. The new owners want to bring the Rapids Cider Mill back to life with all of the old equipment! If you happen to know where any of the old items are, please let us know. Thank you!

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