Cumberland Now Volume 1, Issue 8 - Page 5

Reggie Rowell leads the Rowell Apple House family operation. The business was started by his parents in the 1960s, and its carried forward by Reggie, his daughters and sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Home-grown goodness Rowell Apple House a family tradition since 1966 Story & Photos by Heather Mullinix Editor It’s Saturday morning, and the third and fourth generations of the Rowell family are heading out to pick apples from the 12 acres of orchards. “Everything is done by the family,” said Reggie Rowell, son of Reginald and Virginia Rowell, who started the Rowell Apple House in 1966. Apples are picked by hand and then washed, brushed and sorted at the Apple House. Customers — regular visitors who come from around the state — can choose from 1/2 peck, peck and 1/2 bushel bags of whatever is in season. They opened for the year in early August with Ginger Golds and Zestars, but they’ll have 20-25 varieties throughout the fall. A Side Business Virginia Kemmer met her future husband, Reginald, when he was assigned to work at the P.O.W. Camp in Crossville while serving in the military during World War II. She was working for the University of Tennessee Extension Agency at the time. They married on Christmas Day, 1944. Regi- Cumberland Now • September 2020 | 5