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You are Here lecture- Doug Hundley- The Apple Guy

Arts and Culture
Date: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Venue: Banner Elk Book Exchange

Over 200 years ago the first settlers, in what is now called Avery County, began clearing homesteads in these Southern Highlands. One of the first things they did was to plant apple trees. Where did these apple trees come from? What kind were they, and why these? The history of the American Apple is the history of our country, going back hundreds of years, even beyond our ancestors’ arrival. A secret? There were no American apples; not until our ancestors brought to these shores, the seed. Then a whole new line of American apples were created by magic! “By magic,” you say? Come and find out. Now, many have been lost, and these heritage varieties are almost forgotten. The Avery Apple Project began 15 years ago with the mission of finding and saving the heirloom apples of our County. This project by the Avery County Extension Center has delivered and helped citizens plant over 40 heirloom varieties, totaling 5,000 apple trees in the last 10 years. Come hear this significant part of American history and see the original heritage apples that have been ripening here, in our mountain area, for the last 200 years. 


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