Fruit Hill Orchard

Our Story

John Thwaite started Fruit Hill Orchard in Winchester, VA in 1929.

John Thwaite started Fruit Hill Orchard in Winchester, VA in 1929.

Our family has been in the orchard business for five generations. The orchard started in 1929 in Winchester, VA, but in 2000, our grandfather, Robert Solenberger, asked if he could plant “a few” apple trees in the front yard here in Palmyra so the grandkids could learn about the family business. He showed up with 900 apple trees, and our life hasn’t been the same since. Now we have over 2,000 fruit trees and annually plant thousands of other vegetables.

Though it was overwhelming at first, our parents, Barbara and Terry, embraced every moment of their new identities as farmers, and have grown Fruit Hill Orchard into the family owned and run business you know and love!

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Our goal

We not only want to provide a fun, wholesome, and family friendly environment, but also to educate our customers about where their produce comes from. We believe it’s important to shake the hand that grows your food, and we cannot wait to welcome you and your family to our orchard for a day of fun! Click below to see what’s available to do today on the farm!


Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm

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We know how important healthy and nutritious food is. We promise to only have the highest quality fruits and veggies for you and your family.

We also promise to always provide a happy, healthy, and educational environment. Our staff are all knowledgable and able to answer any questions you have about our produce, or provide the resources you need to better understand where your food comes from.

Whether you’re just stopping in for a few apples, or planning on spending the afternoon picking in our orchards, playing corn hole on the lawn, learning in our apple museum, or picnicking, we know you will have a wonderful time.

We can’t wait to meet you! See you soon!