Revolutionary Apples  LbNA # 47172

Placed DateMay 9 2009
LocationBlacksburg, SC
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Revolutionary Apples

Did you know?
The saying "As American as apple pie" is referred to as the symbol of America. The word "apple" comes from the Old English word "aeppel." there are approximately 10,000 different kinds of varieties of apples grown in the world with more than 7,000 of these varieties grown in the United States. Apples are a member of the rose family of plants and the blossoms are much like wild-rose blossoms.

1779 - In 1779 (one year before the battle at Kings Mountain), Marquis de Lafayette entertained George Washington, general of the Continental Army, for dinner in 1779 under the shade of an old apple tree to map out Revolutionary War strategy against the British. Lafayette returned in 1824, during his tour of the United States, and was presented with a cane carved from this tree. The tree blew down in 1821.

Directions to this letterbox:
This letterbox is located just outside of Kings Mountain National Military Park. Spend the day hiking and learning all this wonderful site has to teach about the Revolutionary War. Upon exiting the park, you will see a dirt parking area to the right, just before the sign that you are entering Cherokee County. Travel east from the Cherokee County sign about 15-20 steps into the woods. In front of you, you will see a half tree flanked by two evergreen shrubs. Behind this tree is the letterbox “Revolutionary Apples”. Please re-hide well and enjoy!!!!

Also, a fun recipe to try:
Old-Fashioned Ham, Dried Apples and Dumplings
From Shari's collection of old-fashioned recipes, this easy recipe's age is unknown but dates back to the Revolutionary War.
 1 quart dried apples
 3 lb ham
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 1 teaspoon salt
 4 teaspoons baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 3 tbsp melted butter or shortening
 1 egg, well beaten
 2/3 cup milk (about)
Wash apples; place in bowl. Cover with water; soak overnight.
Place ham in large kettle; cover with water. Cook for 3 hours. Add apples and water in which they were soaked; cook for 1 hour. Add brown sugar; mix well.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and pepper together into bowl. Add butter, egg and enough milk to make stiff batter; mix well.
Drop by spoonfuls into hot liquid with apples and ham; cover kettle tightly. Cook for 18 minutes. Serve pepping hot on large platter.
Makes 8 Servings