My Wednesday walk through El Trapiche.
I am going to share one of the most interesting places visited on my visit to the countryside, the Trapiche de los Clavo Museum and the making of a product of great importance within the Venezuelan domestic economy. The Cane Panela or Papelón.
Trapiche de Los Clavo is an old building from the end of the 19th century that belonged to General Santana Saavedra, merchant and governor of the Trujillo state for 1878, who sold it to Perpetuo Clavo, from the town of Tostós, where he was born on October 11, 1858.
Perpetuo Clavo hails from the Merida family from a very young age, he dedicated himself to agriculture and the raising of beasts of burden, the only transport for the time.
Perpetuo Clavo moves into the new property with his mother, enjoying a house with wide corridors and spacious rooms. In addition, it had a sugar mill and a large patio.
Perpetual is dedicated to the cultivation of coffee and the planting of sugar cane, this allowed him to possess wealth and control the local economy, making the hacienda one of the best local producers.
Los Clavo Trapiche Museum
In 1997 they managed to buy the property with its respective land, of 7.13 hectares. The building was restored between 1990 and 1995, respecting the pre-existing architecture, including the mill area and the perimeter fence of the house.
Its facilities conserve the water mill, the basins where the Marshmallow fell to boil and the molds from where the panela was made.
Access to the property is framed by a large wooden gate. It still has a perimeter fence built with stones and alfajol.
The sugar mill farm was built with tread earth walls.
Its doors and windows remain original.
Its roof has been restored in carruzo and wood.
Its brick floors and rolled mantle take us to the Clavo Carrillo family sugar mill in the late 19th century. It has wide corridors and gardens.
One of the most outstanding characteristics is its external walls, it is rustic and with stones, you can enjoy the lighting that allows you to appreciate the surroundings of the garden.
Patrimonial value because it dates from the end of the XIX century. For its artistic architectural value for its functional and formal qualities regarding its style, composition and construction techniques applied to the property, since it is a testimony to clay architecture.
You can enjoy pieces used in the work of the activity that stood out at the time.
The elaboration of the Papelón panel.
These pailas are arranged in lines on the stove where the guarapo is cooked through a process of rolling from one paila to another paila until the molasses reaches the point required for making the panela.
At the point of curdling, the honey is transferred to the canoe, a wooden container where the canoe is in charge of beating it with the spatula or wooden paddle in order to cool it down.
With the required temperature, it is poured into the adobe bowls and paired with a wooden machete, after half an hour the panelas cool and solidify to be separated from the molds to be wrapped.
I wish you enjoyed this ride.
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