author jessica james book signingIt’s been a crazy few weeks (make that “year”), so I’m just now getting around to writing about the book signing I had at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville, Pa. last month. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new readers — especially in such a historic setting.

Opened in 1990, the museum is located in a restored pre-Civil War bank barn in a small town about seven miles north of Gettysburg. It  is owned and operated by the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society, with the mission of preserving the history and exhibiting the artifacts that pertain to the apple and fruit industry’s history.

author jessica james apple museumExhibits include early picking, packing, and shipping of fruit, early orchard photographs and a recreated 1880’s farm kitchen and a General Store. The museum also features collections of farming implements, apple peelers and fruit labels and much more apple memorabilia.

One of my favorite exhibits is the life-sized fiberglass display of a horse and farmer, which was used in advertisements by Levi Strauss. (See picture).

If you visit Gettysburg, a drive into “fruit country” is worth your time, especially in the spring when the trees are in bloom, or the fall when the ripe fruit is hanging. The museum is located on Route 394/West Hanover St. in Biglerville. It’s easy to get to by taking Pa. Route 34 north from Gettysburg.

Many thanks to the Biglerville Historical Society for hosting me!


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