“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Bardane in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Hockensmith Apple Storage Building

West Virginia 9


— Charles Town to Martinsburg —

Hockensmith Apple Storage Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 15, 2019
1. Hockensmith Apple Storage Building Marker
The Hockensmith Apple Storage Building, constructed circa 1900-1910, is one of the few remaining commercial buildings in the area reflecting the Eastern Panhandle's significant orchard industry. The area's underlying limestone bedrock forms a red clay topsoil conductive to the growth of apples, pears, peaches, and cherries, and provided the incentive for area farmers to begin pursuing small-scale fruit production after the Civil War. Prior to 1890, orchard production was very limited with only about 3 to 6 acres devoted to orchards. Jefferson County focused on apples and, to a lesser extent, sour cherries while Berkeley County specialized in apples and peaches.

As production increased around the turn of the 20th century; small family farms started to give way to larger commercially-operated orchard. As a result, regional farmers were able to re-establish a prominent position in the Eastern marketplace after experiencing a decline fueled by fierce competition from Midwestern grain producers and cattle ranchers.

Following the local shift from cattle and grain agriculture to fruit production, the Hockensmith property
Hockensmith Apple Storage Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 15, 2019
2. Hockensmith Apple Storage Building Marker
was converted from probably cattle industry to use a fruit storage facility and apple evaporating plant. From its Bardane location, the dehydrated apples were shipped to larger markets via the B&O Railroad. The emerging, large-scale orchard production also contributed to the florescence of a local fruit processing industry, with plants established in Martinsburg and Inwood.
Erected by West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂, and the West Virginia 9 🛣️ series lists.
Location. 39° 21.706′ N, 77° 51.879′ W. Marker is in Bardane, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Charles Town Road (County Route 115/5) south of Luther Jones Road (County Route 16/4), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8003 Charles Town Road, Shenandoah Junction WV 25442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Greenback Raid (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Burr / William Burr Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peter Burr House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Valley View / Tackley Farm
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(approx. half a mile away); Gap View Farm (approx. 1.4 miles away); York Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); John C. Heinz House (approx. 1.6 miles away); General William Darke (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bardane.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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