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Twenty years ago Edith and Creighton Calhoun bought land in Chatham County after retiring from the military. A chance conservation with a neighbor sparked a twenty-year search for old southern apples, or varieties dating back before 1928. Of the 1,600 varieties, only around 300 exist today. Calhoun collects cuttings of old varieties he finds to grow on his land to preserve the apple heritage. His book, Old Southern Apples, published in 1995, is the first comprehensive work on the subject.