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Fun Facts About Wiard's

  • You are welcome to visit our store and cider mill for free - there is an admission charge if you choose to enter the Country Fair - Parking is always FREE!

  • Some people think God created Wiard's Orchards right after he created the garden of Eden, but Wiard's has only been around for 178 years.

  • Wiard's provided apples and cider vinegar for the Union troops during the Civil War.

  • Wiard's relatives in New York made cannons for the Union troops during the Civil War.

  • The ice cream cone was invented in 1904 - 67 years after Wiard's was founded!

  • Over the years Wiard's has made more than 3 million gallons of cider.

  • Wiard's has grown over 7 million apples since 1837 - laid side by side that's enough to circle the globe almost two times!

  • The seventh generation of the Wiard family is currently involved in running the farm.

  • Wiard's was the very first orchard in the United States to add a haunted attraction to our entertainment offerings.

  • Famous companies started in 1837 the same year as Wiard's!
    John Deere, Tiffany & Co., Proctor and Gamble, Herm'es, Wayne School Bus Co.

  • The land for Wiard's Orchards was purchased the same year (1837) that Chicago became a city.

  • Wiard's was founded in 1837. We have now been serving our community for over 177 years!

  • In a calendar year, Wiard's provides part-time employment for over 300 people in our community.

  • Since Wiard's started making donuts in 1964, we have made over 15,625,600 donuts. Laid end to end, that's enough donuts to stretch from Wiard's to Walt Disney World!

  • Wiard's was founded 86 years before television was invented by John Baird in 1923.

  • In 1837, when Wiard's was founded, Martin Van Buren was president—there have been 36 presidents elected since!

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