Apr 4

Peach Orchard Progress

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The wayside exhibit at Gettysburg National Military Park’s most famous Peach Orchard. The small orange flags mark locations where the peach trees will be replanted. This view was taken from the northeast facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.

On a rainy Friday, the Star and Banner visited Joseph Sherfy’s Peach Orchard to check on its rehabilitation. It is scheduled to be replanted this spring, and the work is beginning. Small orange flags are now located where the peach trees will be replanted, and the sign telling about the peach orchard rehabilitation has been knocked over, hopefully awaiting removal. The two year project began after the last trees in this location had become diseased, and had to be removed. The soil then had to be treated. The 145th anniversary of the battle won’t see fully grown trees, but hopefully trees that will be around for a while.

See a later post on the Sherfy Peach Orchard on April 7, 2008.

See a post on the Forney Ridge Apple Orchard on August 26, 2008.



A new sign stating that ranger programs will meet here is located at the top of the Wheatfield Road parking area, where busses will pull to block of the view anyone actually waiting by this sign. This view was taken from the northeast facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



The sign explaining the Peach Orchard rehabilitation is hopefully awaiting removal because the peach trees are coming. View from the northeast looking southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



The distant woods are on Seminary Ridge in the area where William Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade prepared for their attack on the Peach Orchard. Monuments from right to left include the 68th Pennsylvania, Hampton’s Battery F, Pennsylvania Independent Battery, and Thompson’s Battery C Pennsylvania Independent Battery. View is from the east facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



Third Michigan Infantry Regiment’s monument at the southeast corner of the peach orchard. This view was taken from the southeast facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



Third Maine Infantry Regiment’s monument at the south end of the peach orchard. This view was taken from the south facing north at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



The 2nd New Hampshire Regiment’s monument at the southwest corner of the peach orchard. View from the southwest looking northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



The northeast corner of the peach orchard. Big Round Top is in the center background, and Little Round Top is in the left background. View is from the northeast facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.



Artillery piece representing the position of Thompson’s Pennsylvania Battery C. It is pointing south down the Emmitsburg road toward Warfield Ridge/Seminary Ridge. View from the north looking south at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008.


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