The Old Apple Tree Festival - Roots Seeped in Romance

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

The Old Apple Tree FestivalThe Old Apple Tree FestivalThe Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver, Washington has its roots seeped in romance. The star of a the festival is a 185 year Old Apple Tree. However, the story begins years before at a formal dinner in 1925.

At that dinner, a young British woman during a casual flirtation with a naval officer, put apple seeds left over from dessert in the pocket of his dinner jacket. She instructed him to plant the seeds once he reached the Northwest wilderness.

According to diary accounts, the Lieutenant forgot about the seeds until months later when he found them in the pocket of his jacket. Once discovered, he gave them to Dr. John McLoughlin, known for his contributions to the development of the Pacific Northwest.

In 1826, McLoughlin had a gardener plant the seeds at a site located at Fort Vancouver. The Old Apple Tree FestivalThe Old Apple Tree is the only one remaining of the five original trees.  It has withstood floods, freezes, wind storms and ever encroaching infrastructure.

The Old Apple Tree Festival celebrates apples, heritage trees and community. The free event offers tree pruning workshops, children's activities and cider pressing. The annual Old Apple Festival is held on the first Saturday of October.

The Old Apple Tree FestivalThe celebration begins at 11AM at the Old Apple Tree Park located on Columbia Way. The Urban Forestry Commission is giving away free cuttings from the Old Apple Tree while supplies last.  Arrive early for your piece of living history with its roots seeped in romance!


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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think it's really neat this old tree is still standing. We also have an applefest on the first weekend of October. This is to celebrate the fall harvest. Our area of Colorado is known for it's many different types of fruit orchards. Apples and peaches are the most popular. I'm looking forward to this weekend, and the live music.

Sep 28, 2011 01:18 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, great old photos for the apple fest with lots of history.   Great post!

Sep 28, 2011 02:17 AM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Debb-

What a neat post and a great Localism!  I'm betting I think of this the next time I grab an apple from the fruit bowl.  Wishing you a great day in all you do.

Best regards from The Q

Sep 28, 2011 03:14 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Washington apples have always been famous for their taste.  It is apple season everywhere, and our favorites this year are the honey crisps.  This would be a fun event to attend.  Have a wonderful Wednesday. A

Sep 28, 2011 04:18 AM #4
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Debb, Such an interesting historical story. The Old Apple Tree Festival sounds like a great event.

Sep 28, 2011 04:30 AM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


I like the blend of the festival, history and a little romance. You are very good at weaving several elements into one blog. Nice job. Excellent localism post.

Sep 28, 2011 04:34 AM #6
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I love the story Debb.  The Old Apple Tree Festival sounds like something I would attend.  Hope you have a big turnout for this event.

Sep 28, 2011 05:12 AM #7
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Happy Wednesday!

Sep 28, 2011 06:58 AM #8
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I'm loving your localism posts, my friend.  I'm actually heading over to your YouTube page to check out some of your home video tours.  Time to put some together.  HUGS . . .

Sep 28, 2011 02:02 PM #9
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

There's something very sweet about that romantic tale Debb!  It's rich with history and flowing with love... you had us all biting into that shiny apple ;-)

Sep 28, 2011 02:31 PM #10
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


An apple festival sounds great. Can do so many things with apples. :)


Sep 28, 2011 04:02 PM #11
Thanks to all for reading this and your generous comments. I am In Maryland for family wedding. I'll get you all when I get home next week.
Sep 29, 2011 09:47 AM #13
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

HI Deb, Ditto what Richard said, great localism post, bothe apple seed one and the gardening one above.  I am a sucker for history, so you got me on this one....hope the hand feels better an enjoy the wedding. 

Sep 29, 2011 03:29 PM #14
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What a nice story . . . a Johnnie Appleseed tale with our own Dr. John Appleseed!  All of a sudden, I want to bite into a nice MacIntosh!!

Sep 30, 2011 08:02 AM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'll be responding to your blogs and catching up on what's going on with each of YOU.  Thanks so much for reading this

taking the time to comment. I appreciate each of your thoughts and kind words.

Oct 04, 2011 03:31 AM #16
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