Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

December 24, 2012

Tree farm open for one last Christmas

Nelson's closes after 29 years

LIZTON — The sign on the front of the gift shop at Nelson's Christmas Tree Farm - the one that read "closed forever" - didn't exactly bode well for a merry holiday season.

Jack and Pam Nelson, the farm's owners, acknowledge it wasn't an easy decision. But after 29 years, and losing $50,000 worth of inventory in this summer's drought, they knew it was the right one.

"That was like, 'OK God, I get the message. It's time'," said Jack. "But it was time. It was getting tougher as we were getting older."

Jack worked as a forester for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for 34 years, retiring in 2005. Many foresters supplemented their incomes with Christmas tree farms. Jack got an opportunity to work on one forester's farm in northern Indiana during the 1970s.

"That's where I learned the business," he said.

Jack bought this property to start his own Christmas tree farm in 1984. He never intended to live there, but Pam, who resided near Speedway at the time, fell in love with the area.

"It's much better than living in the city," she said. "I like the privacy."

The farm ultimately helped put their children through college and Jack and Pam to acquire things they otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford.

"We've been blessed," Pam said. "We had a nice location, a nice piece of property, and we're fortunate to have a lot of good people that helped us along the way."

That has included friends who helped on the farm, neighbors who endured the extra traffic around Christmas, and school-aged children who worked on the farm and eventually adopted the Nelsons as grandparents.

And of course there were the customers, many of whom were quite emotional when they learned the farm was closing after this year.

Text Only
Local News
  • Author featured in documentary Mike McCarty, CEO of Safe Hiring Solutions here, was featured in the final episode of the Investigative Channel Documentary series "Very Bad Men," which aired yesterday. The final episode focuses on McCarty's book Choking in Fear, which is a memoir o

    April 16, 2014

  • Indiana Academic Standards released The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) recently released the final draft of proposed academic standards for math and English/language arts that will guide Hoosier teachers as they create lesson

    April 16, 2014

  • Free skin cancer screenings offered The Dermatology Center of Indiana is offering free skin cancer screenings from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 and from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 10 and 17 at the new Zionsville location, 6639 Whitestown Parkway. For more information, call 732-8980 or visit t

    April 16, 2014

  • HCF 4-16 news broady death pix Man arrested for OWI resulting in wife's death AVON — A Cicero man has been arrested in connection with an accident that killed his wife over the weekend. Brandon Broady, 26, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death. As of press time on Tuesday, the Avon Police De

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASA's 'Destination Station' set to land in Indianapolis Starting April 19, residents of Indianapolis and surrounding areas are invited to experience NASA's Destination Station, a traveling multimedia exhibition designed to highlight how the International Space Station (ISS) came to be, what life is like o

    April 16, 2014

  • Danville Rotary Club presents golf outing The Danville Rotary Club will host the Harold Martin Open golf outing on May 15 at Twin Bridges Golf Club in Danville. The annual outing raises funds that are used to benefit Sycamore Services. The outing begins at 11 a.m. with lunch provided by Mayb

    April 16, 2014

  • Downtown Danville Partnership launches beautification effort Homeowners and businesses in Danville are invited to participate in a new beautification effort started here before the upcoming Mayberry in the Midwest festival on May 17-18. The Downtown Danville Partnership has formed a Main Street Beautification

    April 16, 2014

  • School board implements honors diploma DANVILLE -- The school board here agreed to implement a DHS Honors Diploma starting with the freshman class of 2018, next year. "We found, over time, that there is an unintended consequence when you have weighted grades, and that consequence is if a

    April 16, 2014

  • HCF 4-16 news musical pic 1 New musical coming to DCHS DANVILLE -- Danville Community High School will be putting on its annual musical the first weekend in May in the high school auditorium. "Thoroughly Modern Millie," based on the 1967 movie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, will be performe

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • HCF 4-16 news danville police pic 1 Danville Police officers recognized DANVILLE -- Police officers here were recognized last week by Town Council President Marcia Lynch, for their hard work in handling a difficult situation. The accomplishments of the officers were presented to the board by Chief Bill Wright. Support S

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

New poll question: Will you be attending this year’s Indianapolis 500?

Yes
No
Undecded
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read