This is an interesting video and thread. There are people seeking old varieties of apples in every state. Many belong to the Home Orchard Society. A guy (Calhoun? ) wrote a book called Good Ol Southern Apples, that was about this topic. The oldest orchard in the West was the Luelling Orchard in what is now Portland, ORegon. Grafted apples were brought on the Oregon Trail. Many people are rediscovering high quality varieties at scion exchanges across the country and world, so they can graft these old varieties.
This is a great topic! Today I searched for apples developed in my state. Wow, what a lot of apples!! Google was less than helpful, but I hit the jackpot here:
http://bighorsecreekfarm.com/master-variety-list/ (I typed in the name of my state in the search bar and got back a ton of results, most of them good hits!)
The Home Orchard Society and Agrarian Sharing Network both do a great job of promoting fruit diversity and the preservation of antique varieties here in Oregon. Every late winter/early spring there are propagation fairs - a handful of smaller local ones (ASN) and a big one up near Portland (HOS) - with scion, rootstock, and grafting assistance available. I don't know if this happens in other states too but if so, it's an amazing resource and well worth seeking out.
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