This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
To all familiar with the details of the fateful battle of Gettysburg, Sherfy's peach orchard is a familiar name. We have now to record the death of the owner of this sacred spot whereon the earlier struggles of the eventful four days' fight came near making it the grave of the Republic. It is, however, with his career as a fruit grower and useful citizen chiefly, that the credit is due of making peach culture one of the solid institutions of Southern Pennsylvania. He took a sterile piece of land, and by intelligent good sense, made it one of the richest and most profitable farms in the State. His example alone, as an agriculturist and horticulturist, has had a wonderful influence on that section of the State, and has been worth tons of essays and preaching without end. And yet he was a preacher as well as an eminent practitioner. In what is known as the German Baptist or Dunker denomination, he was known as a clergyman ; and as a director of the public schools led the advance in everything which contributed to the advance of education. At one of the meetings of the State Horticultural Association the writer of this brief sketch first made his acquaintance.
Though his gray hair and features generally, indicated a close verging on threescore and ten, he attracted general attention by his tall, strong and well-proportioned form. He was regarded by strangers as a plain, plodding farmer, but when he was, by invitation, brought out to give his experience on peach culture, his well-chosen and chaste language, and clear and fluent exposition of his ideas were great surprises to all. We have, at this writing no note of his exact age; but he would proba bly have been able, from his remarkable vigor, to have given many more years of usefulness to those around him, but for an attack of the typhoid fever, which this season has carried away so many of our eminent men. His death occurred on the 2d of October.