The Story of Cline Church Nursery

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is thrilled to partner with Cline Church Nursery to feature fresh Fraser Fir wreaths and door charms online through this Christmas season!

Here’s a little bit about our friends at Cline Church Nursery.

Cline and Ellen Church started at a young age – just teenagers – in 1974 preparing land and planting their dreams on family farm land in Fleetwood, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They started out with Fraser Fir and White Pine seedlings purchased through the North Carolina Forestry Service.

By 1977 Cline Church Nursery was formed and the first trees were harvested in 1981. They were truly a 2 person show since the beginning. They made garland, grew pole beans and cabbage, dug by hand and peddled nursery stock throughout the Ohio valley and East coast all to fund their dream of being Christmas tree farmers.

“We fell into it absolutely at the best time!”

– Ellen Church

Many of those same people they peddled trees to so many years ago are still loyal customers today.

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What began as a small operation is now a 500 acre tree farm with Fraser Fir Christmas trees and Nursery Stock in various stages of growth. And the future looks bright! A second generation is coming up in the company – Cline and Ellen’s children, Amber Scott and Alex Church both have a passion for the industry and have plans to continue planting and harvesting trees for years to come.

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In addition to harvesting Fraser Fir for the Christmas season, they make Fraser Fir wreaths and other greenery that can be enjoyed all season long!

You can find Cline Church Nursery’s selection, and much more, online at!


Susan Kohari

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