Apples are cash crop for Gettysburg battlefield

Marliese Neiderer and Ben Hansford, of the Gettysburg Foundation present a check to Ed Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. (National Park Service)

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – One hundred fifty-three years ago, the orchards around Gettysburg were the scene of carnage and death. Today they’re part of an effort to revitalize the historic battlefield in this Adams County town.

Volunteers are running a “Seedlings to Cider” program that involves replanting orchards, growing apples, and then harvesting the crop to produce hard cider used as a fundraiser.

The volunteers turned over a check for more than $800 to park superintendent Ed Clark. The proceeds are earmarked to restore historic orchards where the Union and Confederate troops clashed. Funds will also rebuild historic fences.

“The volunteers help us with the sustainability of Gettysburg’s orchards,” Clark said. “The younger set of Friends of Gettysburg members is helping us attract new audiences and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.”

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