The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Jane Weir owner, announced that Henderson County's longtime popular apple, cider and specialty retail store, will close for business after this falls' season.
The business was founded in 1884 by William T. Weir Sr. the son of a Scottish immigrant, and has been operated by the Weir family ever since.
Over the past near century and a third the farm has flourished by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but apples and their famous apple cider has always been the mainstay.
Until the early 1980's and 1990's, livestock was also in the mix; registered sheep and purebred Angus cattle.
The farming operation served as a major employer in the area during the 20th century, at one point shipping apples nationwide by rail. In recent years, the apple acreage has been reduced to supply only the retail store at it's rural Gladstone location.
In making the announcement, Mrs. Weir said that she closes the retail store with mixed feelings. She offered, "While the work is hard, getting to meet and greet all our thousands of customers from near and far, more than compensates for the year round effort." The 85-year old Mrs. Weir also confided, "I'll still be active in community events, but a little more time off couldn't hurt". Mrs. Weir said that she, "Sure looks forward to seeing all her friends during this season."
About the Weir Museum directly across the parking lot from the store, Jane Weir said she will continue to add timely artifacts preserving the family's past.
"Our recent Heritage Trail event was attended by more area residents than ever before," Weir said, and she appreciates all her valued customers and exhibitors.
The historic farm will remain in the Weir family and will probably still see an abundance of activity.