The state of NH had designated the roads connecting Londonderry’s orchards as a scenic highway, called The Apple Way. Since 1719 when the first Scotch-Irish settlers brought their flax seed and weaving skills to the area known as Nutfield, agriculture has been an important force in Londonderry. These skillful pioneers soon created a thriving business producing fine thread and linen which was much in demand in New England and Europe. The potatoes they cultivated soon became a staple in every New Englander’s diet. And they planted apple trees, which would become a major crop for local farmers.
Early in this century, apples became a major crop. Many local dairy farms changed to orchards as the demand for apples, especially the Macintosh, increased in the Merrimack Valley. Apples were primarily sold locally during the 1920s and the 1930s. By the 1970s the Londonderry apples were in markets throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Great Britain, and even South America.
Londonderry’s four orchards – Sunnycrest, Elwood, Macks, and Merrill’s in North Londonderry – are a vital part of what makes Londonderry special. Londonderry’s apple growers not only contribute to the local economy, but also provide valuable open spaces. Londonderry’s Apple Way, a designated New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byway, winds past orchards, old farmhouses and local landmarks, reminding residents and visitors alike of our heritage. Come discover our past on the Apple Way!
Browse this Google map for detailed directions on traveling along Apple Way here in Londonderry!
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