The Cider Press

The Hauenstein family cider press is the largest in the world, and was built during the Civil War by F. William Hauenstein in Huntington County, Indiana. Mr. Hauenstein constructed the press purely from his recollection of those he had seen in Switzerland. The main pressing beam, fashioned only using hand tools, is cut from a single white oak log, 30 inches square and over 30 feet long. The two ton log is estimated to have been over 300 years old when it was felled.

The Cider Press at Work