Silverwood Lake Historic Orchard

Silverwood Lake is part of the California State water system and is situated in the northern side of the San Bernardino Mountains.  It was built in the 1970’s on the site of the former community of Cedar Springs, which was razed in order to build the lake.

One of the few remnants of this community is an old apple orchard near the entrance station that dates from about 1900 to the 1920’s.  We were contacted by a State Park Ranger who is interested in preserving and restoring the orchard to honor the memory of Cedar Springs and to display a part of our mountain heritage.  He was kind enough to show us around the lake today and tell us his hopes and plans for the future of the orchard; we had a wonderful time on this perfect fall day, and what better way to spend the day but at a lake playing with apples?

He has a formidable partner in the form of the park maintance head, who also shares a passion for history and nature.  Together I believe they have the energy and ambition to make this project happen, and the resources to back it up.  We’ll be happy to be a part of it and supply whatever trees and advice are needed, and I’m sure there will be opportunity for other volunteers to help out as well, so stay tuned for more details to come!

 

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2 Responses

  1. Any idea what kind of apples were being grown here when it was an orchard? Sounds like a great place to preserve!

    • Yes, as at most of our mountain orchards the majority was Rome Beauty, but also included White Winter Pearmain, Old Fashioned Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Arkansas Black, and Northern Spy.

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