The barn was purchased in 1972 by the Hicks and Kilpatrick families, and the original structure goes all the way back to 1910. These families scrubbed the barn clean one board at a time and started planting apple trees around the area. The Apple Barn opened its doors in 1981, and the two families’ orchard now has more than 4,000 trees.
See the original barn from 1972 with tons of yummy treats.
The first addition to the apple barn was the Cider Room where visitors could watch all the apples being pressed into delicious cider and then be served a glass, hot or cold. You can watch apples from their 4,000 trees being pressed into cider, which you can sample! Eventually the scrumptious apples made their way into all sorts of baked goods for visitors to enjoy. Today you can enjoy apple pies, doughnuts, dumplings and more at The Apple Barn.
The Apple Barn Village continued to expand over the next few decades, eventually developing a recipe for their very own applewood smoked ham and bacon, and of course their famous mountain apple butter. Visitors can purchase these goods and more in the village’s general store.
There is also a candy shop and ice creamery that the kids will love. And for the parents, don’t miss a tasting at the Apple Barn Winery. The Apple Barn Winery is part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. The winery boasts a hand crafted flavorful selection made from local fruit. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy both the free tastings and the great selection of wine accessories in the gift shop.
One of the most exciting additions to the village was the original Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, voted best breakfast, restaurant, and southern food in 2019. It didn’t take long for the owners to realize the extremely high demand of their tasty meals, and they opened an additional restaurant (The Applewood Farmhouse Grill) in 1995.
The newest addition to village is the Cider House, offering hand crafted hard ciders on site. The masterminds behind these tasty beverages utilize a sterile filtration method rather than a full pasteurization process to retain as much of the crispy apple cider taste as possible. And it’s more than just apples; there are flavors combined with things like loganberries and muscadines.