Blackwell’s Orchard

In 1935, Grandma Maggie Turner Blackwell planted 4 Pear Trees adjacent to her Garden Plot because the Garden had been so successful in supplying the family with food. In those days, the farm was a fully functioning production facility that included smoking, dressing, farming, lumber and commodities, etc. for a small community of families living round about the premises, and we all depended on each other and what the land could provide. She and her son, Richard Aubrey Blackwell went around and planted Pecan Trees to supplement the Walnuts that were already present in abundance.

Many years later, a select group of apples, plums, cherries, grapes and other fruits (blueberries, raspberries and Persimmons, etc.) were added, with varying success. For example, when the house burned (the second time in 2005), looters came and stole everything they could get their hands on. This includes backing up a truck into the yard and digging up the Japanese Persimmon tree, throwing it onto the back of the truck and driving off with it. They did not get all of the root, however and the little Persimmon regrew from its Roots. It now thrives in its original spot, growing out of the hole that the robbers made.

The lovely old Pears are magnificent and bring a tear to the eye and joy to the heart when they bloom each Spring and then put out their new leaves. We are proud of their testimony to the foresight of Grandma and her Benevolent Wisdom.