Gays Mills Apple Orchard


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GAYS MILLS APPLE ORCHARDS Farmers in this area learned early that the land on both sides of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for Apple-growing. In 1905 John Hays and Ben Twining collected apples from eight or ten farmers around Gays Mills for exhibit at the State Fair. The exhibit won first prize, then went on to capture first honors in a national Apple-growing show in New York. The experience prompted the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society to urge a project of "trial orchards" around the state to interest growers in commercial production. The Society examined a site on High Ridge and planted five acres with five recommended varieties. By 1911 the orchard had grown to vigorously that an organization was formed in Gays Mills to promote selling of orchards. Today more than a thousand acres here produce apples nationally known for their color and flavor. Erected 1955

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  • July 18, 2016: Added by Justin Jeske


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