Music is deeply ingrained in the culture of Altapass. The distinct sounds of the banjo, mandolin, and unique picking styles of stand-up bass and guitar are familiar for the Blue Ridge Mountains. One may find families of all ages picking together on the Orchard’s back porch. Nearly everyone plays, dances, or simply takes in the local mountain music. These days, the music is free to Orchard patrons. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to “Dance like no one is watching!”
In addition to the local sounds, natural beauty, and heirloom apples, the preservation of the Orchard property has also given rise to butterfly and bird conservation. Thousands of school children and citizens of all ages have participated in a monarch butterfly tagging program. Six of those tagged at were recovered in Mexico after their fall migration.
One of the featured programs at the Orchard is the famous Hayride. Bill Carson, CEO and co-founder of the Altapass Foundation, and Skip Carson, Orchard manager, delight young and old visitors with stories of the rich and colorful local culture, history, and geography of the property and surrounding area.