Tobacco Barn

RebeccaBlackman

Tallahassee, United States

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Old tobacco barn taken just outside of Havana (Gadsden county) Florida. Gadsden County is often associated with shade tobacco. Only two places in the United States were suitable for the growing of this crop which was used to wrap cigars; the “Georgia-Florida Shade Tobacco District” comprised of Gadsden and Madison counties in Florida and Grady and Decatur counties in Georgia and the Connecticut River valley in New England.In 1946, these two districts were producing over 95% of American-grown wrapper leaf and they represented a $100,000,000.00 industry of which $25,000,000.00 was invested in land equipment, barns, packing houses, and operating capital in the Georgia-Florida area. Total acreage devoted to the plants ranged from 6072 at the peak to 344 in 1977. Today shade tobacco is grown only in the Connecticut River valley and the shade tobacco barns are most often seen in paintings and photographs as few are still standing.
Taken with a Canon T1i.

Info taken from the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce.

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