Rome Lyda, 1918-2008 Mille Lyda 1928-2015
Farming in North Carolina since the 1700’s, the Lyda family found early on that apples flourished in the rich soil and cooler climate of the mountains around Hendersonville and Edneyville. William and Mary Jane Lyda started farming this land in the 1870’s, followed by their son, Cebron, and his wife, Hester Byers Lyda. Their son, Rome Lyda, founded Lyda Farms in 1948 with his wife Mildred. Together, they operated the farm for 59 years until Rome went to be with his Lord in 2008. Mildred passed on in 2015.