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Artfolios at the Apple Fest

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Artfolios will host a "Boutique Art Market" on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10:00am-4:00pm as part of the Historic Bethabara Park Apple Fest located at 2147 Bethabara Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Stop by the Visitor Center to shop the collections of 18 Artfolios' Artists. Beloved by many, this yearly event features local artisans and craftsmen, local food vendors, Robinson's Racing Pigs, live music, and, of course, apples. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please reach out the carrie@artfolios.shop.



 


 

Apple History at Bethabara


When Moravians arrived in Bethabara in 1753, they almost immediately set about planting apple trees from seeds brought from Europe. According to records, it was recommended to plant six apple trees for every family member. Within a few years, all the hills around the Park were filled with apple orchards. It is estimated between five and eight acres, according to the maps the Moravians kept.


Apples were among Bethabara's biggest products, probably not far behind cattle. The settlers also probably traded grafts from apple trees to pioneers who passed through Bethabara on their way out west. Historically, apples were a big part of American life. In the Piedmont, people mostly dried apples but the Moravians built root cellars where fresh apples could be kept for a long time.


Apples were used the same as today - dried apples in pies, apple cider to drink, as a side dish and as vinegar. We celebrate Apple Festival with a tribute to the Moravian way of life on this day.

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