The Old Apple Orchard
Twined and twisted,
China Orchard hunches
amidst mountain, lake, forest and creek.
Recalls a sapling's delicate sway
and prosperous seasons
of horse drawn carts spraying,
careful hands pruning, fondling, plucking -
relieving heavy limb of bounty ripe and red.
Today, basking in Autumn's tempting color
and slanted heat,
beware rattlesnake and copperhead -
Today beware, cyanide and sulphur
that steeps in soil
beneath weary limbs gnarled and boughed.
by Margaret Bednar, October 18, 2015
Moses Cone Memorial Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. Moses Cone grew wealthy with the denim industry and built a mansion in the Appalachian Mountains just outside of Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. He built his 13,000 square foot mansion (1901), Flat Top Manor, high on a hill overlooking Bass Lake, 25 miles of carriage trails, and 3,500 acres. Within these 3,500 acres he had a prosperous apple orchard, "China Orchard".
I walked the gently sloping trail to Bass Lake and passed the old apple orchard. A sign and fence warn of pesticide contamination and forbid children and people beyond a certain point. A few trees still stand, most are gone. It fascinated me... The thought of Moses Cone being one of the fist conservationists, yet the soil now contains "traces" of pesticides and his good intentions...
HERE is a link to a blog that has a few photos and a quick history of the place. HERE is the Blue Ridge Heritage website.
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Sunday Mini Challenge - Falling Into Lines"