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Christmas in the Orchard offers old-fashioned fun

By Nancy Jo Maples

Christmas in the Orchard offers old-fashioned fun

Fulmer’s General Store offers old-fashioned fun at its annual Christmas in the Orchard, held during the first three weekends of December.

This unique, family-friendly event features holiday joy in a country setting. Melodies from carolers and live musicians fill the air while fire pits and hot homemade biscuits add warmth to the night. “This is all about Christ. Santa Claus won’t be here,” said Jeanette Fulmer, who owns the store with her husband Ken. A live drama about Christ’s birth will be presented every half hour.

Set Fridays and Saturdays, the event is open 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. However, bring your wallet to ride horse-drawn wagons or to purchase goodies like hot chocolate, coffee, sweets, hot dogs, pork sandwiches and Fulmer’s famous cinnamon rolls.

A candlelit dinner is served twice nightly for $25; reservations are required. Guests feast on roasted Cornish hen, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans and bread and also get a horse-drawn wagon ride through the orchard.

Open year-round, Fulmer’s General Store is located on a 15-acre pecan orchard in Richton and is known for its jams, jellies, unique kitchenware, raw sugars, breads and daily plate lunches. “Our bread has no preservatives or additives,” she said. “Nothing on our lunch menu comes from a box or a bag. It’s all homemade.”

The Fulmers, along with their son and daughter-in-law, also host the Mississippi Pecan Festival each September, the Homesteaders’ Gathering each April and grow vegetables using farm equipment powered by Percheron draft horses.

Visit or call 601-964-8222 for dinner reservations and more information.

Nancy Jo Maples is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about Mississippi people and places for more than 30 years. Contact her at

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