Early Steilacoom pioneer Nathaniel Orr came to this area from Virginia, first stopping in Oregon to learn about orchardry. It’s said that he rowed regularly across to Anderson Island where he maintained an apple orchard near Oro Bay. One large apple tree on the Orr Property (between the Wagon Shop and the Museum) is more than 100 years old, and still blooms every spring.
In the early 1830s Hudson’s Bay Company men planted apple trees near Ft. Vancouver. Steilacoom’s annual Apple Squeeze, set for Oct. 2, had its beginnings in 1915 when residents harvested their gardens, to raise money to purchase audiovisual equipment for Steilacoom School, now known as Old Pioneer.
In 2014 that structure became the headquarters for the School District office.
This time of year there are many apple festivals held around the state, including four in this area: Curran Apple Orchard in University Place, Johnson Farm on Anderson Island, DuPont and Steilacoom.
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