Agritourism in the High Country: A Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture

Agritourism has found a place in the Appalachian Mountains at Apple Hill Farm. Discover how owner Lee Rankin created this High Country attraction as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture series on Wednesday, June 20.

Starting at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center, Lee Rankin will present her talk titled, Farm Family. A story that began almost two decades ago, Rankin’s talk is about following a dream, building a unique farm and learning life-changing lessons along the way.

Arriving to the High Country from Louisville, Kentucky, Rankin’s vision and capacity for hard work over the years has built a thriving agritourism site that draws a steady stream of visitors throughout the summer months.

“I have watched [Rankin] develop her enterprise over the years and have marveled at what she has created,” Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, Michael Joslin, said. “My students love visiting her farm, and several of them have worked for her over the years, learning important lessons in both stock nurturing and people pleasing. We invite everyone to join us on Wednesday evening for this fascinating program.”

Stephenson Center Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Joslin at

By Nina MastandreaJune 14, 2018