Sons of Dunn Farm, Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport,
by: Glenn and Joanne Dunn, Glenn Dunn II
in the center of picturesque Potter County is the sprawling 180-acre
Sons of Dunn Farm, where delicious pure maple syrup has been created
for nearly three-quarters of a century.
homestead was acquired by Gary and Maribelle Dunn in the mid-1950ís,
when Gary was discharged from the Army after serving with the 101st
Airborne Division during the Korean War.
Maribelle, with the help of their children Doris, Gary Jr., Glenn
and Bryan, operated the propertyís dairy farm until their
Dunn Farm is currently owned by third-generation maple producer
Glenn Dunn, Sr. and his wife Joanne, and is run with the help of
their children, Amber, Emily and Glenn Dunn II.
addition to creating the finest Maple products, Sons of Dunn Farm
also produces small grains and hay.
Family has a history in service organizations, including the Future
Farmers of America (FFA). Gary Dunn was an Honorary Keystone Degree
recipient on two occasions, in recognition of his dedication to
agriculture education and the FFA program.
Dunn II caught Maple Fever in 2001 during an FFA tour of nearby
Wending Creek and Brydonson Farms, both of which are members of the
Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association.
of an agriculture project in 2002, Glenn II installed 200 taps,
using a wood-fired evaporator in the farmís old milk house to make
the first batch of his own Maple Syrup.
continued tapping trees and harvesting sap as a member of the Spud
Growers FFA, expanding his operation each year.
Glenn II was named Agri-Businessman of the Year for both
Pennsylvania and the wider Eastern States Region.
then decided that it was time for Sons of Dunn to expand and in
2007, Glenn II leased an old machine storage barn on the family
some remodeling work and renovations, the new Sons of Dunn Sugar
House was unveiled. The large building houses a fuel oil-fired
evaporator with steam-away and automatic draw-off, a gas-fired
finishing pan, filter presses, canners and bottlers, and a modern
Currently, the Dunnís, with the help of their family and friends,
maintain 2500 taps, with 1600 of those connected by a tube and
vacuum system. Through this process, they teach their grandchildren,
poised to become the fifth generation of Dunn Maple Producers, the
business of creating high-quality maple products.
II continues to expand Sons of Dunn Farmís maple operations every
year. Throughout the summer and fall of 2013, an additional 1500
taps will be connected by vacuum systems in the sugar bush, and a
reverse osmosis machine will be installed in the sugar house.
addition to being a member of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers
Association, Sons of Dunn is also involved with the Pennsylvania
Maple Producers Association. The Dunnís maple products have been
marketed in 16 states in the US and two additional countries.
Family remains very community-oriented. Glenn Sr. serves as
Assistant Chief of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, and
Glenn II serves as the departmentís Rescue Captain and Secretary,
and is employed with the Potter County Conservation District. Glenn
IIís wife, Brittany, is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with
Coudersportís Fire and Ambulance Departments.
products can be found at the Potter County Fair, the PA Farm Show,
the Potter/Tioga Maple Festival and Maple Weekend Tours, and events
and festivals held throughout the region.
Ďsteamís a rising,í stop by and visitĒ at the Sons of Dunn Family
Farm, located at 1606 North Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport, where the
Dunn Familyís award-winning Maple Products can be purchased
year-round. Special treats are prepared for Maple Weekend, including
deliciously-sweet Maple Lollipops. Syrup samples, boiling and
equipment demonstrations are also available.
reach the farm, travel two miles on Route 872 south from the
intersection with US-6. Turn left onto Ayers Hill Road. After
driving approximately one mile, the Sons of Dunn Sugar House will be
on the left hand side of the road.
an order or to obtain additional information, contact the farm at
814-274-7247 or by emailing
Photographs of the farm and this yearís operation and information on
current events at Sons of Dunn are available on the Sons of Dunn
Family Farm page on Facebook.