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Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Conventional wisdom locates apples and cider firmly in regions outside the South. Author Diane Flynt offers a new history of apples, one that begins in the American South, transforms the region, and spreads southern apples across the globe. Showing how southerners cultivated over 2,000 apple varieties from Virginia to Mississippi, ranging from northern varieties that flourished on southern soil to hyper-local varieties grown by a single family in one county, Flynt shares surprising stories of a fruit that was central to the region for more than two hundred years. Apples were entwined with slavery and the theft of Indigenous land. Flynt describes how, in less than the lifetime of a tree, southerners lost their rich apple culture, and she charts a tentatively hopeful future. Alongside this apple history, Flynt traces the arc of her own journey as a pioneering farmer in the southern Appalachians who planted cider apples never grown in the region and founded the first modern cidery in the South. The result is not only the definitive story of apples in the South, but also a new way to challenge our notions of history.

Diane Flynt founded Foggy Ridge Cider in 1997 after a corporate career in financial services. She now sells cider apples to cidermakers across the South from the Foggy Ridge orchards in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South.


June 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virginia Museum of History Culture


Virginia Museum of History & Culture
428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, 23220 United States
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