Here's to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
'Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!
-From the North Carolina Official State Toast
The Scuppernong Vine at Leigh Farm Park
|Ripe scuppernong grapes at Leigh Farm Park|
Did you know that the grape vine at Leigh Farm Park is thought to have been cultivated by the Leigh family for over 100 years? This vine produces scuppernong (vitis rotundifolia) grapes, which are a type of muscadine grape. The name comes from the word askuponong, which is Algonquian in origin and means “place of the askupo” which refers to a sweet bay tree. Around 1800 this type of grape was given the name scuppernong after a river of the same name located in the Eastern part of North Carolina in present day Washington and Tyrrell counties.
"so abounding with sweet
trees that bring rich and most pleasant gummes, grapes of such greatness, yet
wild, as France, Spain, nor Italy hath not greater…"
The grape arbor in October 2014 New cedar posts in 2015