West Virginia 9
—Charles Town to Martinsburg —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.
|Placed By||West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 253192 N 4360838|
|Decimal Degrees||39.36176667, -77.86465000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 21.706', W 77° 51.879'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 21' 42.36" N, 77° 51' 52.74" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near , ,|
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