Nana and Papa’s Christmas Tree Farm: Cut Your Own Tree!
One of the most quintessential events of the holiday season (for those who still get real trees) is the search for the perfect tree at a tree farm. It can be the perfect family outing, or a quest to adorn your studio apartment. It isn’t limited to any kind of group, and it is just abounding with the Christmas spirit. Growing up, Christmas tree shopping was always so exciting for all of us. It was that real market that Christmas was so, so close. As a kid, thinking about where to go wasn’t a concern. You hopped in the car, searched endlessly, watched as your parents bought and paid, and then watched them rig it to the car. As an adult, it can even be more fun, though. For those looking for a real experience (and some real nice trees), Nana and Papa’s Christmas Tree Farm is the place to go.
This farm overlooks Bullskin Creek and the Ohio River, and is just north of U.S. Route 52. It has been in business since 1833. Owner Tim Broadwell’s farm, situated on 130 acres at 108 state Route 133, Felicity, offers 5 acres of cut-your-own Scotch pine or Canaan fir trees. Those 5 acres are the place to be! Scotch pine trees cost only $25 and Canaan fir trees cost $32 for any size. That is something that you don’t really see these days, but something that truly adds to the experience.
This year also welcomes a much needed luxury for the weary: A hayride that brings customers from the parking lot to the trees and back. Let’s hope they don’t go too fast, that windchill could get ya! Saws are provided and tree shaking and netting are also available. Don’t forget the free coffee and hot chocolate. It wouldn’t be right without hot chocolate, egg nog, or some late season cider, after all.
A curious little fact is that the trail the hayride travels on was once known as the Bullskin Trail. The trail, created initially by the thundering hooves of millions of migrating buffalo and other animals that had been traveling to the salt licks in Kentucky, was also used as a major travel route by Native Americans. Broadwell adds to the lore by saying that Daniel Boone used the trail through his farm in 1778 during his escape from Shawnee Indians. Oh, and it was a major part of the Underground Railroad route. Talk about some history!