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Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Renewing an Old Orchard

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
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When C.S. and Ethel Mott bought this property in 1915, there was an old apple orchard here. Fmailiar with apples from his family's cider and vinegar business, C.S. added new plantings of varieties he liked. After moving into their home, the family decided to name the estate "Applewood."

The Oldest Tree
This Stayman Winesap is the only apple tree that remains from C.S. Mott's original plantings. Can you find it in the orchard? Apple trees live to be about 100 years old, so it might not be here much longer! The other trees are newer plantings of the same varieties that C.S. selected.

A Taste of History
Today the orchard features 70 trees representing 29 heirloom varieties. Some ripen early, others later. Some are sweet, others tart. Some are best for cooking, others for fresh eating or making cider.

You can learn more about the apple varieties in the orchard in the exhibit in the garage. (Turn to your left and you'll see it!)

The Harvest
Staff and volunteers harvest about 200 bushels of apples most seasons. Many are sampled by visitors during programs and
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
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events, while extra apples are donated to schools and local organizations providing food to those in need.

The Mott Apple Connection
C.S. Mott's grandfather, father, and uncles made and sold high quality apple cider and cider vinegar in New York and New Jersey from 1865 to about 1900. The Mott name still brands some apple products today even though the Mott family has been out of the apple business for more than a century!

Upper middle image caption:
Ruth Mott collecting bushels of apples in the Apple Cart, 1990.

Center image caption:
C S. Mott holding a branch that fell during a storm in 1932. He commented in his diary that the branch had 16 apples weighing between ½ pound and 1 pounds.
 
Location. 43° 1.475′ N, 83° 40.388′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from Albert R. Horrigan Drive. Marker is on the Applewood Estate about 0.1 mile west of the east entrance to the estate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Terrace Reconstruction Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Applewood Estate (about 500 feet away); Fun and Games (about 500 feet away); The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek
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(about 600 feet away); Gatehouse (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Applewood Estate (about 700 feet away); The Heart of the Farm (about 700 feet away); The Demonstration Garden (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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