In 1926 on eight acres of land. Mr. Watson's father planted a pecan orchard. Mr. Watson remembers watching dynamite create holes in the stiff clay soil to plant the trees. Mr. Watson grew up working with these trees until he graduated from high school and continued on to Clemson College. Mr. Watson attended Clemson College for three years before serving in the army during and after World War II. During Mr. Watson's service, he spent time in The Battle of The Bulge, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany.
Mr. Watson returned to Ridge Spring in 1950 and continued to work in the pecan orchards. As technology evolved and equipment was more readily available, Mr. Watson had outgrown his small orchard. He was able to purchase 80 acres of land and leased additional space in a peach orchard. With so many trees, Mr. Watson opened a harvesting and cleaning plant, which then in 1997 evolved to include the kitchen and retail space that we now call The Nut House.
In the fall of 2015 at the age of 93, Mr. Watson retired and the Yon family took over the reins. The Yons will continue to care for the pecan orchards in Ridge Spring and oversee the storefront, now called The Nut House & Country Market. In addition to the fresh pecan and delicious homemade goodies, you can now purchase home grown goods from across South Carolin. Our expanded offerings include beef from Yon Family Farms, Hickory Hill Milk, Clemson Blue Cheese, Blackberry Patch Jams and Jelly, West End Coffee, baking mixes from Faithful Foods and more. On occasion, Mr. Watson can still be found at The Nut House & Country Market sharing his wisdom and visiting with customers. Come visit us in downtown Ridge Spring!