Hancock's Orchard Industry

Hancock's Orchard Industry (HM3GB)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.968', W 78° 11.049'

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Hancock and its surrounding area during the main span of the 20th century was one of the largest fruit producers in the nation. In 1886 Edmund Pendleton Cohill began the cultivation of fruit crops. Over the years his planted acreage increased, and Cohill formed the Tonoloway Orchard Company.

Other company and family names followed, among them: Millstone Orchard Company, Locher Orchards, Daniels, Funk, R.S. Dillon, Corona Orchard Company, Round Top Orchard Company, Green Lane, Roy Daniels, John Mason and L. Resley, as well as Hepburn Orchards. Over time, many of them were incorporated into larger companies such as Fairview Orchards.

At the industrial peak in the mid 1940-60's, five thousand acres produced apples, peaches, cherries, and plums, which were shipped to "fresh markets" and canning factories. "Fancy Packs" were shipped abroad. Laborers from Florida, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica helped local farmers harvest each fall, giving a huge boost to the local economy. Cold storage warehouses stored the excess fruit until markets opened for the fruit.

The bulk of the industry went into decline in the 1970-80 period due to labor problems. Most of the area, once a fruit basked for the nation, now lies fallow.
HM NumberHM3GB
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 741428 N 4398193
Decimal Degrees39.69946667, -78.18415000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.968', W 78° 11.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 58.08" N, 78° 11' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 223-231 MD-144, Hancock MD 21750, US
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