Orchard Rules

General Rules of the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard 


It is a privilege for Horne Creek Living Historical Farm to be home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard.  Lee Calhoun entrusted us with his legacy; and, we take our guardianship of the SHAO very seriously.  To ensure the safety of the trees, as well as that of our visitors, members of the public are asked to abide by the following rules governing the orchard:


  1. Please check in at the HCF Visitor Center prior to visiting the orchard. One of Horne Creek Farm’s staff members must be present in the orchard with visitors at all times.


  1. With the exception of most major holidays, Horne Creek Farm is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday year-round. Hours of operation are: 8:30 am to 5 pm each day.  It is necessary for the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard to be sprayed at various times throughout the year, resulting in times when the public is not allowed admittance into it. Always call ahead to ensure the orchard is open. (336) 325-2298.


  1. If you are interested in a particular variety of apple to eat or a tree to buy, or are just interested in a tour, always call ahead to determine availability of products, our horticulturist’s schedule for the day, and weather conditions.


  1. The public is not allowed to pick or eat apples from the trees, nor pick up apples off the ground. Improper picking can damage our trees. Moreover, the trees have been sprayed and must be washed prior to human contact or consumption. Harvesting apples from the ground increases the potential for e coli.and other bacterial infections.


  1. No one, other than the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard’s horticulturist and trained HCF staff, is allowed to cut scionwood in the orchard.


  1. All water in the orchard is non-potable. Please do not drink from any of the water faucets or hand pumps.


  1. No smoking in the orchard. It’s a fire hazard to our trees. In addition, thrown down cigarette butts mar the beauty of the site. A designated smoking area behind the Horne Creek Farm visitor center is available for our guests.


  1. Please do not remove tags on the trees growing in the orchard or from the trees which are for sale. We can’t sale the latter if we can’t identify what they are.


  1. Please do not allow children to venture on their own in the orchard. Make the most of today’s visit by staying together. . . it’s a great bonding experience and chance to create a special memory.


  1. No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed in the orchard. For our guests’ convenience, Horne Creek Farm has a kennel and several animal crates for your pet’s comfort. Site volunteers and site staff will keep a sharp eye on your pets and provide fresh water for them while they are awaiting your return.


  1. Please do not climb up in a tree or swing on from its’ branches!  Limbs can break, creating a potential safety hazard, as well as damage to our trees.


  1. There are areas which are off-limits to the public for safety reasons: dangerous farm equipment, vehicles, pesticides, and a bee house for blue orchard bees.  Please do not enter any of those clearly marked areas.


  1. Please refrain from climbing on any machinery, vehicles, or fence.


  1. Please do not throw, smash, or play with apples. Dropped fruit cannot be used and it attracts bees, Yellow Jackets, Japanese Hornets, and other orchard insects.  Don’t exacerbate the situation by swatting at them.


  1. If you are allergic to bees, be smart!  Have your EpiPen with you before entering the orchard.


  1. Please help maintain the pristine beauty of the orchard by putting all trash in appropriate trash receptacles.


  1. Photography is allowed, but should not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.


  1. Professional photography is also allowed. Those interested should contact Horne Creek Farm and obtain a permit. A fee of $25.00 is charged for photography sessions in the orchard during hours of operation. After hours photography sessions are charged at a higher rate due to an HCF staff member having to be present.  Please contact HCF Management to schedule.