The story of Williams Orchard dates back to the 1860’s when Ester Teter purchased a bundle of fruit trees from a traveling salesmen and planted those trees on this property. The orchard was passed down generation to generation in the Williams family, and most recently was farmed by Ken “Apple Ken” Williams. Ken farmed the orchard up to age 97, with 2017 being his final season. In February of 2018 Ken passed away.
The Williams family still stays involved in the orchard, but Steve Williams and Laurel Williams have passed the baton onto the Drummond family. In 2019, the Drummond family purchased the orchard from the Williams family and are committed to upholding the traditions of the orchard through U-PICK fruit for future generations to enjoy. They have invested in the property, planted new trees, and are enhancing the natural beauty of the land which builds upon the foundation established by the Williams family. Further, the Drummond’s have introduced several new elements, including: planting fields of lavender, building a U-cut flower business, and constructing a new event venue.
U-Pick operations will re-open for fall of 2019. Construction on the new event venue will begin in 2020.