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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tobacco District

 
 
Tobacco District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
1. Tobacco District Marker
Inscription. “Tobacco is in almost everyone’s mouth either for mastication, fumigation, inhalation, or discussion.” Samuel Mordecai, 1860

“In south Richmond…even the baloney sandwiches and measles epidemics always wore a faint odor of cure tobacco.” Tom Robbins, Novelist, 1976

From colonial times through World War II, Richmond was a center for tobacco inspection and processing. By the mid-19th century, the city had become the largest tobacco producer in the world, with more than 50 factories, including chewing tobacco and cigar manufacturers, box makers, and label printers.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 32.027′ N, 77° 26.011′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Virginia Street 0.1 miles south of East Canal Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Walk / Historic Canals (a few steps from this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington’s Vision
Tobacco District Marker on Virginia Street image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
2. Tobacco District Marker on Virginia Street
(within shouting distance of this marker); Burnt District (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans and the Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Use of Arms (about 300 feet away); Tidewater Connection Locks (about 300 feet away); A Bateau Pole (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Shockoe Valley and Tobacco Row Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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