The Fruits of Time: Heirloom Apples, Then and Now

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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, August 16
This event meets weekly


Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford, Vermont, 214 Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, VT 05072
DATES & TIMES Wednesday, July 26 through Monday, October 15, 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday each week



Wednesday, July 26 through Monday, October 15, 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday each week

Apples first arrived in the Americas in the 1600s and were grown to make everything from cider, sauce and pies to apple butter. By the early 1800s, farmers in the United States were producing some 15,000 different kinds of apples, bearing names like Maiden’s Blush, Blue Pearmain, Bellefleur, Duchess of Oldenburg, Seek No Further and Esopus Spitzenburg. Over time, orchards grew fewer and fewer varieties; eventually eighty percent of our “heirloom” apples stood on the brink of extinction.


Heirloom apples are now experiencing a renaissance as more and more orchards plant these traditional varieties to preserve their genetic heritage—the root of the fruit’s rich and varied colors, textures and flavors. Using photographs, illustrations, historical interpretation and compelling narratives, this exhibit explores the story of heirloom apples and shows how you can bring your old trees back into production, with a special feature on how this has been accomplished at Whitman Brook Orchard in Quechee, Vermont. The exhibit also features stunning images of fifteen watercolor paintings of heirloom apples from the USDA's historic collection of pomology watercolor images.


This exhibit and the ongoing restoration of Justin Morrill’s orchard are collaborative efforts between the Friends of the Morrill Homestead and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

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Exhibit Patron: Mascoma Savings Bank. Underwritten by Dead River Company and E.C. Brown’s Nursery, Inc.