Tobacco barn

Wanda Faircloth

Autryville, United States

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This is an old 10 tiered tobacco barn.This barn would hold lots of tobacco. The tobacco was tyed to a slender stick with twine. Then the sticks where hung upon the tiers,evenly for maxium air circulation. If the sticks were placed too close together the tobacco would not ‘cure out’ properly, parts of the leafs and stems would remain green. It depended on the farmer and how the barn was built the heat source used. Some barns burned wood for the heated air while others used different types of oil. There was an art to curing tobacco.You needed the right temperture and circulation to cure out a barn of the golden leaf. Too hot and you burnt it up,not hot enough you had swollen green stems.The shelter off the side was so when it was time to remove the tobacco from the barn if it happened to be raining in would not get wet.Most farmers had a barn at the end of every tobacco field they had. This old barn is located at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville NC.

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