The 800-tree Southern Heritage Apple Orchard features more than 400 varieties of old southern apples, many of which are on the brink of extinction.
“Our orchard is, to our knowledge, the only publicly operated orchard in the nation devoted to southern apples,” [Site Manager Lisa] Turney says. “Lee Calhoun, the author of Old Southern Apples – the bible on southern apples – and his wife, Edith, grafted and donated all of the trees that make up the orchard.”
Former North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture James A. Graham called the orchard an apple lover’s dream."
- From "North Carolina Field and Family," Jan. 1, 2016. Article written by Rachel Bertone.