Burnham Orchards is a family owned and operated farm, providing great tasting fruits along with a fun experience that includes activities for people of all ages. From pick your own pumpkins to orchard hayrides, we provide a taste of the farm that you just can’t get anywhere else!
The Burnham Family Farm dates back to the early 1800’s when William and Eleanor Tillinghast received 160 acres of land in the Firelands of Ohio. They received this grant because of their homestead in Connecticut was burned during the Revolutionary War.
It was not until 1826 that William’s son O.C. traveled to Ohio to clear the land for farming. The house that currently sits on the land was built by O.C.
In the early 1900’s Joseph Burnham II (pictured) married Margaret Tillinghast, and they became owners of the farm. Later their son Oliver was involved with the farm and planted the 1st commercial orchard of 14 acres of apples and 6 acres of peaches. Although he held another job, Oliver was keenly interested in the orchard business especially with peaches.
It wasn’t until Joseph III began operating the farm full time some 40 years ago that the transition into today’s operation occurred. Fruit became a focal point under his direction. Over the years nearby land was added to expand the operation which today includes over 35 acres of peaches, 200 acres of apples and some 600 acres of additional land.
The operation has always prided itself on giving consumers a high quality product along with being on the cutting edge of new varieties. They were one of the 1st to bring the Fuji Apple to Ohio.
Currently, the Honeycrisp apple is of great interest because of its superior eating qualities. There has been extensive planting of this variety to be able to bring superior quality fruit to the consumer.