[NAFEX] I heard

paul simon paul.simon at tcs.wap.org
Wed Nov 13 12:11:32 EST 2002

Gordon wrote;

>While still in bed listening to the radio this morning: I heard 
>mention of ? acres of antique varity of apples being planted down 
>south some civil war site or something. They supposedly rare and 
>antique apples were purchased in Michigan. I can think of only 2 
>places that they might have come from. Anyone have a definite answer?



This note was in the Washington Post  yesterday.  Antietam is south 
of Hagerstown, MD, (not in the South in my viewpoint). I was half 
thinking of throwing a shovel and wheelborrow in the back of my PU 
and driving the 70 miles over, but then have too many unfinished jobs 
hanging on coathooks here.

Paul S.

Apples Ahead for Antietam

The landmarks at Antietam National Battlefield already include one 
agricultural feature, the cornfield. Soon there will be another: the 
apple orchard.

Rangers and volunteers plan to plant 350 apple trees this fall to 
help restore the Piper farm, one of the homesteads on the property, 
to the way it looked on the eve of the Civil War's bloodiest one-day 

A nursery in Michigan is supplying eight apple varieties -- Baldwin, 
English Russet, Fornwalder, Gilpin, Jefferis, Maidenblush, McLellan 
and Northern Spy -- for the project, said Joe Calzarette, Antietam's 
natural resources manager.

He said the National Park Service needs volunteers to help plant and 
tend the trees on seven acres of the 3,255-acre park.

The original, 17-acre Piper orchard was occupied by Confederate 
troops Sept. 17, 1862, when Union and Confederate forces clashed 
along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg in a battle that left more than 
23,000 dead, wounded or missing.
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