The United States Board on Geologic Names in 2011 officially designated our mountain as "Orchard Hill Mountain" and entered the name into the Geographic Names Information System, the nation's official geographic names repository. The mountain has an elevation of 1400 feet.
View from Orchard Hill Mountain
The name gives the mountain a much deserved dignity and fitting connection with its orchard heritage," said Melanie L. Fein, owner of Apple Manor Farm and Orchard. "The mountain has been a home to many apple orchards over the years and given abundantly of its bounty to those who have worked its fruitful soils.With its new name, it stands as a monument to those orchards as well as to the farmers who toiled to cultivate its fertile slopes.This recognition extends to orchards in the surrounding area and hopefully will inspire new orchards and public appreciation of the agrarian nature of this beautifully hilly and mountainous area of Fauquier County.”
The orchard is blooming!
April 2011: Pink Lady blooms
April 16, 2011: Pink Lady apple trees are about to bloom
2011--Second year trees doing well in early spring
2011--Baby apple trees absorbing sunlight
The orchard is growing!
The orchard is well-established, growing well.
September 2010--Apple Manor Orchard
The orchard is planted!
1,000 apple trees are in the ground. The deer fence is up. The irrigation system is about to be intalled. Seeding is done. More trellising of the trees is needed. The orchard is underway!