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Press Release

Lyman Orchards’ Executive Vice President Receives Tourism Legacy Leader Award

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (April 27, 2016) – On April 27, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, in conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Tourism, presented the Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards as part of the annual Connecticut Governor’s Conference. During the ceremony, Executive Vice President of Lyman Orchards John Lyman III received the Tourism Legacy Leader Award.

The awards ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations who have advanced statewide tourism and made an impact on the $14 billion tourism industry. More than 400 industry professionals attended the event to honor their peers.

John Lyman III received the legacy leader award for being a pioneer in “agritourism.” Lyman oversaw the transformation of a 275-year-old, 1,100-acre farm into a multi-faceted tourist destination. Continuing his father’s vision of creating a family-friendly attraction, Lyman has helped develop the orchard into a tourism powerhouse, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors annually.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Governor and the Connecticut Tourism Industry,” Said John Lyman III, executive vice president, Lyman Orchards. “We have made a concerted effort to offer a truly memorable experience for every person who visits our property.”

Lyman Orchards first opened its fields to pick-your-own fruit in the 1960’s, and underwent a major transformation in the 1970’s when the orchards were expanded to accommodate new varieties of crops, championship golf courses were added and a retail store and scratch bakery were launched.

As the years have passed, Lyman Orchard’s continues to develop new attractions and events to the delight of each visitor. Two of the most popular events, the annual sunflower and corn mazes, have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors since their inception, and a portion of the ticket sales is donated to deserving charities across the state.

In 2016, the Lyman Family celebrates its year-long 275th anniversary of farming the land in Middlefield. . There will be a variety of events throughout the year to celebrate this momentous achievement.

For more information about Lyman Orchards, or to view a list of all the activities that will take place during Lyman Orchards’ year-long 275th anniversary celebration, please visit

About Lyman Orchards:
Set on 1,100 acres in the heart of the state, Lyman Orchards (est. 1741) is a popular destination for the whole family in Middlefield, Connecticut. Shop at the Apple Barrel market, filled with fresh farm produce and Lyman Orchard’s award-winning "Hi Top" Apple Pie; celebrate special events and weddings at the Lyman Homestead; enjoy seasonal Pick Your Own fruits and tours of the orchard; golf on two world-class public 18-hole courses designed by Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones, and improve your skills at the Lyman Orchard’s Golf Center and Apple Nine Course. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793, or visit online at


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Pam Soisson
Rebel Interactive Group
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Tim Burt
Lyman Orchards
860-707-2083 (mobile)