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163 Levering Lane , Ararat, Virginia 24053
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Apple Orchard

Welcome to Levering Orchard, celebrating its 100th year in 2008. In 1908, Ralph and Clara Levering, Quaker strawberry and sweet potato farmers in Tennessee, moved to the present site in Orchard Gap and started what was then an apple orchard. In 1939, their son, Sam Levering, moved to the orchard with his wife, Miriam, and family, and continued the orchard business. Sam and Miriam entered semi-retirement in 1986. From that year until the present, Frank Levering — the third generation — and his partner in orcharding, writing, and public television production, Wanda Urbanska, have continued the tradition. Once a renowned apple orchard, today Levering Orchard features 32 acres of cherries with an extraordinary 44 varieties to choose from — making it the largest cherry orchard in the South with the widest variety of offerings — along with apples, peaches, and nectarines.