The "York Hill" Series
Turnings From An Historic Orchard in Apple, Plum, Cherry, Black Walnut, And Pecan
(This series is dedicated to my dear friends Gordon and Cornelia Hockman, whose generosity and enthusiasm for my work have been vital to the success of the "Historic Places" project)
About Historic York Hill
Located along (Sandy) Ridge Road, in Shenandoah Junction, York Hill was established as a settlement-era farm circa 1750 by Samuel Darke, who produced subsistence goods and, perhaps, tobacco, before passing into the ownership of Col. James Hendricks, in 1762, who served in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. Col. After the death of Col. Hendricks, in 1795, the farm passed through various owners until the Hockensmith Family purchased it in 1939, and greatly developed and expanded orchard operations that had begun earlier. The house is known as York Hill and owned by Gordon and Cornelia Hockman, who manage orchard operations and other activities (see below). View the National Registration of Historic Places Registration Form here for more details; the house and supporting structures were elected in 2006. see The Barn at York Hill below and link for a description of yet a new chapter in the history of this local gem.
The Barn at York Hill - This magnificent stone Pennsylvania bank barn was completed in 1812, at the height of the grain culture in the mid-Atlantic region. Today it stands not only as a stunningly beautiful reminder of the rich local history of the area, but is also a popular event venue complete with wedding planning services. See the link for more information, and be prepared to have your breath taken away.