Black’s Peaches in York celebrates 90 years of growing peaches

August 4, 2013 

The Black family, which has been growing and selling peaches from the family farm since 1923, marked its 90th year of operations Saturday with throwback prices, children’s activities and food – and plenty of peaches.

The events were held at the iconic Black’s Peaches produce stand, on a hill off S.C. 5 west of York.

Robert Black, started farming the land in the late 1800s, and the family later operated a cotton gin. But it was Arthur Lindsay Black, who planted peaches. A.L. Black, who served two terms in the state Legislature, is said to have successfully lobbied for the paving of the highway that slices through the family property, and now is named in his memory

The first tree were planted as an experiment, said Arthur Black, 62. But South Carolina’s sunny, warm climate proved hospitable to peaches, and during the next several decades, peach orchards sprawled thousands of acres of York County land.

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