Our story begins with the purchase of nine barrels of apples. It is the proverbial “cloud with silver lining” story.
Our founder and his wife, Willie Cecil (“WC”) Hill and Sarah McCraw Hill were married in 1922 and lived on their family farm in Cana, VA. In 1924, WC bought nine barrels of apples intending to sale them in Winston-Salem, NC. He set out to Winston with the hopes to raise enough money to buy fertilize for their farm. When he arrived in Winston the next day, the apples were to quote WC, “ever one black, just scalded ruined.” After unsuccessfully trying for two days to sell them, WC returned home and told Sarah he “might go down to Mr. Dowell’s he runs a big store in Mt. Airy, and might sell’em to him. He might give me some’im.” Mr. Dowell bought the apples at a considerable loss to WC, but Mr. Dowell told him about a couple of acres of land in the Cana area that he would like to sell. So, while suffering a terrible loss on the apples, he ended up purchasing the land that would support them the rest of their lives. Read more