Cider House

A cider house is a building where a cider press would be stored and operated. It usually would be sited right on the roadside so that wagons could deliver apples easily. A large door in the eaves side, often towards one end, admitted apples. Sometimes a stationary steam engine would be situated outside the barn and operate the press by belts. The press squeezed the juice out of the apples, and it could then be poured into containers such as barrels. One cider house in Tioga County had a slit in the floor which allowed for dumping residue into a stream below. Cider houses appear in scattered locations.

Cider House, Lackawanna County
Cider House, Lackawanna County, c. 1945.