Apples crop up as topic for consideration by Bicentennial Celebration committee

March 17, 2017

The Northeast Georgian

By Donald Fraser

Apples. That was a topic eyed by the Habersham County Archway Partnership Bicentennial Issue Work Group during its March 2 monthly meeting, held at a historic location – the old Mt. Airy Schoolhouse, now town hall.

As attested by the Big Red Apple in Cornelia, apple orchards played a prominent position in Habersham County’s history in the early 1900s.

“We spent a considerable amount of time discussing the first apple cultivation history as a possible significant marketing tool,” stated Sharon Liggett, an Archway Professional, with the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership. “We will have to research this more thoroughly.”

Topics related to apple production which will be explored include apple varieties, when were they introduced, the role of the railroad in moving apples to the market and whether a community apple planting project would help generate interest in the bicentennial celebration.

“We are still very early in the research and planning for this celebration,” Liggett noted, and thus far the committee has “spent the majority of our time identifying resources, interest areas and other people who may have photographs, memorabilia, artifacts etc.”

The work group also discussed, in terms of public relations and marketing, the potential of joining a coalition of counties along state Route 15, which stretches in Georgia to the borders of Florida and North Carolina, including Habersham County.

The coalition is marketing the amenities of each county along the route, “with the ultimate goal of promoting tourism,” according to Liggett. Liggett said the committee is still actively recruiting participants and identifying resources for the celebration.

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