This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Philadelphia Press says : "About the time that the great Clayton made his famous boast about Delaware and peach brandy and died, there were some folks who were dimly beginning to see the value that was in the peach as an article of culture and commerce. Probably the first to venture into the business, was Reybold, of Delaware City, in Newcastle county, who planted several large orchards. People laughed at him, and told him he was going into folly; but he held his peace and let them laugh. After the lapse of a brief number of years, his trees began to bear pro-lifically, and in less than no time he was reaping a bountiful harvest. Well, time went by, and his trees continued to bear abundantly; but, strange to say, it was some time before any one else could make up their minds to follow his example. Too many followed it years afterwards, though, and found out to their own loss that there was no room at the top. Some years after Reybold had gotten well under way, Reeves and Ridgeway, also of Delaware City, planted immense orchards that also did well. Henry Todd, of Dover, and Jehu Reed, of Frederica, followed the next year, the former on a larger scale than any up to that time.
His orchards covered hundreds of acres, and he has told me that his returns from one week's sales, have given him 3,000 clear profit. This was in 1840-45; and not much later people began to awaken to the fact that peach growing might be made a vast source of revenue. Having realized this, they at once embarked in the industry, until it became almost general. As people became more acquainted with it, and more decided that it was profitable employment, the whole peninsula, from the Delaware to the Chesapeake, and from the Brandywine to the Breakwater, became more and more like a vast fruit orchard".