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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tobacco Barn

Tudor Hall Plantation

 
 
Tobacco Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Tobacco Barn Marker
Inscription. Nineteenth-century farmers cut tobacco plants and placed them on sticks to be cured in tobacco barns like this one. Curing, a four-week process, preserves plants by removing moisture, and brings out the aroma and flavor. Farmers in Dinwiddie County grew a dark-leaf tobacco called Oronoco, which they cured using small fires built on the floor of enclosed tobacco barns. Its high nicotine and low sugar content made Oronoco ideal for pipes, chew, and snuff.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 10.873′ N, 77° 28.697′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from Duncan Road (Virginia Route 670), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Pamplin Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Big House (a few steps from this marker); Tudor Hall Field Quarter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plantaton Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Tudor Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Kitchen Garden
Tobacco Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
2. Tobacco Barn Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tudor Hall Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Kitchen and Servants Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Boisseau Family Cemetery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a sketch of a tobacco barn. It has a caption of “In 1860, Dinwiddie County farmers cured 3,795,314 pounds of tobacco in barns like the one above. Unlike his father, who relied largely on the production of tobacco for income, Joseph Boisseau, and many of his neighbors, diversified their crops to include grains, fruits, and vegetables to sell at market.”
 
Also see . . .  Tudor Hall Plantation. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Tobacco Barn at Tudor Hall Plantation Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Tobacco Barn at Tudor Hall Plantation
Inside a Tobacco Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2008
4. Inside a Tobacco Barn
This photo, taken at the 1780s Farm exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center, shows tobacco being cured in a barn like the one above.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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