On a beautiful Spring day in 1903, the Hudson’s first stepped onto the property they had purchased in the mountains of North Carolina, with dreams of starting an Apple orchard and unsuspecting of the strange turn of events that lie before them.
The Hudsons may not have thought of themselves as lucky but looking back on key events over the years can make one believe. Take for instance the day that Mrs Hudson complained that their cider was too sweet. When pressing the next batch Mr Hudson jokingly mixed in a few of the old bitter crab apples that grew naturally on the property and the famous Hudson Cider was born, known far and wide as the best cider in the mountains and beloved for its slight bitterness.
Even with luck, farming in the Appalachia Mountains at the time was no easy task especially to grow a product as perishable as apples. The Hudsons found themselves in a situation of needing to make their product more shelf stable.
The Apple Brandy produced by the Hudsons was, not as well-known as their cider but loved by those in the know. Producing spirits during prohibition came with challenges for anyone, but for the Hudsons it was getting ready to take a strange twist.
In the late 1920’s the Hudsons expanded the orchard by clearing and planting a previously unused section of the hillside. The mystery they discovered on that hillside is still amazing visitors today.
Mrs. Hudson was the first to wonder at the strange dizzy feeling she had every time she entered that certain section of the hillside but before long everyone working at the orchard was calling it the “Mystery Hill” and everyone had a story to tell about how objects took more force to move in one direction than another, how cider leaking from a press seemed to flow uphill, how a tire swing only swings on one side of center, or how two people standing on level ground shrunk and grew as they switched places.
Of course no matter how amazing their “Mystery Hill” was, they couldn’t tell the world about it without expecting the world to want to visit and that was not a great option considering the “illicit activities” going on up at the brandy still. So the Hudsons kept quiet about their discovery until a turn of events changed things forever.
The early 1940’s saw many changes in the mountains around Boone and Blowing Rock including improved roads and automobile traffic. This increased traffic was great for the orchard as more and more people learned about the amazing cider. However, the 1940’s also brought disaster in the form of a blight that started destroying the Hudson’s beloved orchards. By the late 40’s the Orchards were devastated and the Hudsons now in their 70’s are faced with the daunting task of rebuilding at a time when they should be retiring.
Enter lady luck again as Mr. Hudson picks up a Life magazine and reads an article about scientist in California researching a Gravitational Anomaly that had been discovered. The things they were describing sounded exactly like the things happening on their “Mystery Hill”
In June of 1948 the Hudsons begin offering guided tours to explore North Carolina’s Natural Gravitational Anomaly and 70 years later you can still learn about and explore this amazing natural wonder along with an eclectic array of experiences showcasing the unique history of Appalachia.
Plan a visit to Blowing Rock North Carolina and Mystery Hill today to share in this amazing and unique legacy. For more information visit mysteryhill.com