History on a Hayride: The Orchard at Altapass, Apples and So Much More!

altapass-orchard Situated on the Blue Ridge Parkway atop the Eastern Continental Divide, the Orchard at Altapass is a great place for folks of all ages to visit a working orchard and learn about everything from the harvest time of the Stayman-Winesap apple, to the story of “Sweet Lips” and her role in the Revolutionary War.

Storyteller and Orchard co-founder Bill Carson, described as a modern-day Mark Twain, tells the stories of the history of Altapass, and the role that it played in the Revolutionary War, the development of the Railroad (including Tweetsie!), and the history of the preservation of the Orchard. He tells his stories while sitting on a hay bale as you meander around the orchard on a hayride. In addition to the hayrides, visitors also learn about apple varieties, monarch butterflies, clogging, round dancing and may also enjoy live music.For more information about The Orchard at Altapass, visit: http://www.altapassorchard.org

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