The Story of Hop McConnell Speckled
This seed was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by Fred Peirson. During the early part of the 20th century Hop McConnell Speckled corn was commonly grown in the area of Scott County, Virginia where Peirson grew up. His parents grew this variety and used the all-white ears for cornmeal and hominy.
The corn is named for Wade Hopkins (Hop) McConnell who operated a general store in the area and introduced this unique corn to local farmers.
Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.