Mills from the CS Bell Company of Hillsboro are on display at a sugar cane factory in Colombia

David Horner recently visited a sugar cane farm and museum near Cali, Colombia and contacted The Highland County Press after discovering a mill manufactured by the C.S. Bell Company in Hillsboro. The C.S. Bell Company was founded in Hillsboro in 1858 by Charles Singleton “C.S.” Bell. The company was a major business in Hillsboro for generations. (For more information about the company, visit…)

“The tour makes several stops to show the evolution of sugar cane processing,” Horner said. “One of the stops features a historic mill that was made in Hillsboro by the CS Bell Company. I’ve tried to reach the CS Bell Company, but my emails keep getting rejected and it looks like they’ve moved on to Tiffin.”

According to the website of the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca (, the Sugar Cane Museum is located in El Cerrito, a municipality in the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca. This is one of the 42 municipalities in the department. The town is known for having within its jurisdiction the hacienda “El Paraíso”, where the writer Jorge Isaacs lived and where his novel “María” is set. Part of its territory also belongs to the Las Hermosas National Natural Park.

The Museo de la Caña de Azúcar (Sugar Cane Museum) is a place full of the positive energy that nature radiates. It is a place to get in touch with it and learn about the customs and practices surrounding the cultivation and processing of sugar cane. The properties of the sugar cane mix with the air of the museum, giving rise to a sweet breeze that flows through every corner of the place, giving visitors a pleasant feeling of freshness. You can take guided tours and then admire the landscape and architectural beauty of the Hacienda Piedechinche in more detail.

The Hacienda is located in the village of Santa Elena (El Cerrito) and consists of an 18th century colonial house that has preserved the atmosphere and utensils of the time. The museum offers visitors a historical tour of the house and walks in the surrounding area, where the so-called trapiches (colonial structures for processing sugar cane) and an exhibition on colonial means of transport are on display. In addition, the museum has a restaurant that can accommodate large groups.

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